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Review: Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6
11.06.2014
7 10

PLOT: A team of young geniuses and an inflatable medical robot team up against a supervillain threatening the city of San Fransokyo.

REVIEW: To start off simply, BIG HERO 6 is enjoyable, fast-paced family fare that will have your kids salivating like dogs at the prospect of running straight to the toy store. In that regard, Disney Animation has certainly succeeded. But if we're going to compare it to some of their recent films - like WRECK IT RALPH and FROZEN - it falls short of achieving the sort of sublime spectacle that has marked the studio's recent upswing in quality. It is also not exactly the epic Disney Animation/Marvel hybrid one might have hoped for, or at the very least, might have been expecting.

But I can't complain too much. After all, BIG HERO 6 delivers Baymax, the sweetest, most lovable character the studio has offered up since Wall-E. Baymax alone is worth the price of admission; only the coldest cretin wouldn't find a smile widening on their face at this puffy android's every appearance. In a way, Baymax embodies the movie's M.O.: He's cute in a harmless, uncomplicated way, sure to drive younger ones wild while giving adults something to appreciate.

I'll admit I was completely unfamiliar with the Marvel comic that inspired the film, although some quick research reveals that the inspiration is quite thin. The comic seems to be keeping in Marvel's penchant for darker, adult-themed stories, while BIG HERO 6 the movie is a candy-colored playground aimed squarely at an elementary school audience. It gets ever-so-slightly grim in a handful of sections, and it does the requisite heartstring-tugging, but otherwise it's a very easygoing 90 minutes. If anything, the main inspiration appears to have been Brad Bird, with notes of THE IRON GIANT and THE INCREDIBLES both keenly felt throughout.

The action takes place in the futuristic, multicultural city of San Fransokyo; young genius Hiro (voice by Ryan Potter) is wasting his potential hustling backalley robot-fighting events with the clever, unassuming bot he's engineered. His older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) is a grad student at a prestigious MIT-esque university, where he and his fellow "nerds" spend their days building fantastical inventions. Tadashi sees potential in his younger brother and wants him to enroll, and while at first reluctant, Hiro eventually agrees, making quick comrades out of Tadashi's inner circle.

Soon, tragedy strikes (in the way Disney's animated movies require) and Hiro finds he must grow up quicker than expected. A villain wearing a kabuki mask has stolen one of Hiro's great inventions - microbots you can form any shape with just by thinking about it - and is causing mayhem across the city. Hiro needs help to defeat this menace and he finds it in the unlikely shape of the aforementioned Baymax (scott Adsit, perfect), an inflatable medical robot. Baymax is a pure innocent, unequipped to handle anything other than a basic medical need, so Hiro outfits him with armor and a fighting program that makes him a karate expert. After helping his fellow nerds out with a variety of nifty superhero suits, the titular crew is ready - sort of - to take on the threat to their city.

Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams put on a nice show once these kids are ready to go into action, with nifty, tricked-out weapons and engaging flying sequences (Baymax gets wings!). The city of San Fransokyo is lusciously realized, a fully-formed metropolis we actually wish we could spend even more time flying around. The movie's entire palette is pleasing to the eye, and in 3D it all literally pops.

The problem - if it can be called that - with BIG HERO 6 is that it doesn't resonate much beyond the initial viewing. There's no particular message you walk away with, and the characters are more or less forgettable other than Baymax. Unlike the best animated movies, it feels very much like a cartoon as opposed to animated feature. That may be a case of semantics, but there's no doubt BIG HERO 6 comes off like an extended pilot for a forthcoming Disney Channel series. And that's okay, I guess. If this spawns a new franchise (it almost certainly will), there's room for the characters to grow and for even more impressive cities to visit. For now, BIG HERO 6 is a mild, good-natured beginning.

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Source: JoBlo.com

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2:40PM on 11/07/2014

As a guy who hates shit like Frozen and every Disney movie to come out in the past 20 years...

I hate Disney movies. I even hate Pixar shit. I am an adult who acts his age. I don't like Adventure Time bullshit either. The last animated movie I liked was Wreck It Ralph, only for the cameos though.

Big Hero 6 was a lot of fun though. I was super surprised. It's easily the most fun at the theaters I have had in a while. It didn't try to be anything but an adventure movie. Easily a 9/10 for those who don't usually like animated shit.
I hate Disney movies. I even hate Pixar shit. I am an adult who acts his age. I don't like Adventure Time bullshit either. The last animated movie I liked was Wreck It Ralph, only for the cameos though.

Big Hero 6 was a lot of fun though. I was super surprised. It's easily the most fun at the theaters I have had in a while. It didn't try to be anything but an adventure movie. Easily a 9/10 for those who don't usually like animated shit.
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8:21PM on 11/09/2014
Master debators huh? You surely are eloquent with the usage of sxxt. I do share your fondness of Wreck It Ralph though.
Master debators huh? You surely are eloquent with the usage of sxxt. I do share your fondness of Wreck It Ralph though.
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3:28AM on 11/07/2014
I thought the film was great, probably an 8 for me. It was very entertaining and even very touching. The characters were all great and I felt that it fit right in with a lot of the Disney pantheon. And to be honest, I liked it better than both Frozen and Ralph. The story was more consistent than Frozen and I felt that the script was better as well (though, admittedly, Elsa is the best character they've created in years), and it felt more exhilarating and emotionally satisfying than Ralph. I
I thought the film was great, probably an 8 for me. It was very entertaining and even very touching. The characters were all great and I felt that it fit right in with a lot of the Disney pantheon. And to be honest, I liked it better than both Frozen and Ralph. The story was more consistent than Frozen and I felt that the script was better as well (though, admittedly, Elsa is the best character they've created in years), and it felt more exhilarating and emotionally satisfying than Ralph. I could also see the Marvel touches in there. My one complaint, really, was that the superhero origin stuff felt too flimsy, but I really liked the first half hour or so with Tadeshi and of course how can you not love Baymax? I also did like the villain and his motivations. I felt like this was Disney tackling Marvel on it's own, without Marvel having it's hands in the project. It was a successful mix of the two, I would say. Very enjoyable, very much worth watching.
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8:44PM on 11/06/2014

I'm not buying it....

This is at 87% on RT, but the author says it's only a 7. Interstellar is 72% on RT, but JoBlo claims it's a 9. So either this guy is missing it, or the Interstellar reviewer was a Nolan fan boy. I don't know which, but this smells like an effort to say Nolan's film is the movie to see this weekend.
This is at 87% on RT, but the author says it's only a 7. Interstellar is 72% on RT, but JoBlo claims it's a 9. So either this guy is missing it, or the Interstellar reviewer was a Nolan fan boy. I don't know which, but this smells like an effort to say Nolan's film is the movie to see this weekend.
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3:21AM on 11/07/2014
Interstellar IS the better movie, but it's more divisive. It's easy to see how people wouldn't like Interstellar. Big Hero 6 is a very safe movie and very kid friendly. But it has a lot more weaknesses that work against it for an older crowd. Not surprised by the scores at all. Both are good, but Interstellar most certainly edges it out. Besides, Joblo is known for not necessarily going along with the other critics.
Interstellar IS the better movie, but it's more divisive. It's easy to see how people wouldn't like Interstellar. Big Hero 6 is a very safe movie and very kid friendly. But it has a lot more weaknesses that work against it for an older crowd. Not surprised by the scores at all. Both are good, but Interstellar most certainly edges it out. Besides, Joblo is known for not necessarily going along with the other critics.
7:47AM on 11/09/2014
Big Hero 6 is at 91% right now, but look at the average rating: 7.3 out of 10. That means this review is in line with the others. Personally, I'd give it a 9.

I have yet to see Interstellar, but ambitious films that take risks often are divisive. They are either considered brilliant by those who buy into it, or considered awful by the viewers who are not impressed. This is true of even the greatest of filmmakers. Stanley Kubrick was a genius, but not all of his films are widely loved.
Big Hero 6 is at 91% right now, but look at the average rating: 7.3 out of 10. That means this review is in line with the others. Personally, I'd give it a 9.

I have yet to see Interstellar, but ambitious films that take risks often are divisive. They are either considered brilliant by those who buy into it, or considered awful by the viewers who are not impressed. This is true of even the greatest of filmmakers. Stanley Kubrick was a genius, but not all of his films are widely loved.
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6:40PM on 11/06/2014
I loved this movie! I've been seeing mixed but mostly positive reviews but I really enjoyed it. Of the films opening this weekend I actually liked this more than Interstellar (not that I disliked that) Very much worth a watch and stay after the credits
I loved this movie! I've been seeing mixed but mostly positive reviews but I really enjoyed it. Of the films opening this weekend I actually liked this more than Interstellar (not that I disliked that) Very much worth a watch and stay after the credits
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6:23PM on 11/06/2014
This movie comes out December where I'm at, no wonder I haven't seen any ads or anything around town...
This movie comes out December where I'm at, no wonder I haven't seen any ads or anything around town...
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11:41AM on 11/06/2014
This movie looks fantastic. Can't wait to see it. I don't think anyone was really expecting something on the level of Marvel from a Disney movie (even if it's based on a Marvel comic). The comparisons between Marvel properties and the original comic seem unwarranted. I know it's hard to ignore, but you went into this knowing it was a Disney movie and would be watered down to suit Disney's audiences. Why you would assume anything differently is beyond me.
This movie looks fantastic. Can't wait to see it. I don't think anyone was really expecting something on the level of Marvel from a Disney movie (even if it's based on a Marvel comic). The comparisons between Marvel properties and the original comic seem unwarranted. I know it's hard to ignore, but you went into this knowing it was a Disney movie and would be watered down to suit Disney's audiences. Why you would assume anything differently is beyond me.
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6:24PM on 11/06/2014
I think it is because it is based of a Marvel Property/Comic...
I think it is because it is based of a Marvel Property/Comic...
11:25AM on 11/06/2014
I haven't watched the movie yet but everything I've seen so far makes it feels like a feature length TV movie instead of big blockbuster cartoon.
I haven't watched the movie yet but everything I've seen so far makes it feels like a feature length TV movie instead of big blockbuster cartoon.
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7:49AM on 11/09/2014
I don't think I've ever seen a TV movie as impressive as this.
I don't think I've ever seen a TV movie as impressive as this.
11:19AM on 11/06/2014
Wonder if there is a post credits scene.
Wonder if there is a post credits scene.
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6:34PM on 11/06/2014
There is and it's very worth it!
There is and it's very worth it!
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