Sunday, 11 January 2015

Big Hero 6 Review


Review By
Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Jordan Roberts
Daniel Gerson
Robert L. Baird
Paul Briggs
Joseph Mateo

Based On
Characters Created By Man of Action

Directed By
Don Hall
Chris Williams

A Walt Disney Animation Studios Film

Genre
Action, Adventure, Superhero, Animated

Cast

Scott Adsit as Baymax
Ryan Potter as Hiro
Daniel Henney as Tadashi
T.J. Miller as Fred
Jamie Chung as Go Go
Damon Wayans Jr. as Wasabi
Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon
James Cromwell as Robert Callaghan
Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei

Year Released
2014 / 2015

Certificate
PG

Synopsis

Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Besides his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro's closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people.

When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes.

Review

With the amount of hype surrounding this movie and the fact that it was made by the folks behind both Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, I had some massively high hopes for this one.  I have to admit that I haven't read the comic books that the movie is based on but as soon as I saw the trailer I was hooked.

I was surfing the cinema times for a different movie when I saw that the local cinema was going to be having preview screenings for this one so my son and I decided to go to this one instead and boy am I glad we did.

The little snippets we saw in the trailer really don't do the movie justice at all.  There really is a bit of every type of movie fan here.  You have excitement, superheroes, some hilarious comedy as well as some really emotional moments that brought tears to my eyes.

One of the main strengths of the movie is by far the writing.  The story moves along at a great pace, dropping hints and types all the way through, yet gives you more than enough time to get emotionally invested in the characters.  There's a couple of moments that really drive home the emotional core of the story and that, to me, raises it high above some of the other superhero and animated movies that have been coming out recently.

Through out the movie, you literally find yourself on the edge of your seat as Hiro tries his best to discover just what is going on.  At first the story leads you down a road that you are completely sure is the right one then does a 360 and takes you by surprise.  I loved that about the movie because it didn't just leave it there.  Even when the main villain is revealed, it's not just a case of that person is evil and here are the good guys to stop them.  There's actually an emotional reasoning behind the actions and that to me made the character sympathetic.

Animation wise, as always, Disney have done a superb job.  The action is well animated and massively eye catching yet it doesn't lose it's impact on the quieter moments either.

Cast wise, I can honestly say that there isn't a single weak link in the team at all.  They all really bring the characters to life in a big way.  You can help but feel like you are involved in their lives and you find yourself rooting for each of them.

All in all, this has set a really high bar for the rest of this years Disney releases and I, for one, am wondering just how they're going to top this brilliant movie.

Movie 9/10


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