Inflatable Heroes – Big Hero 6 (2014)

Another winner from Disney.  So this is about a young boy, Hiro (Ryan Potter), developing a connection with his inflatable health robot, Baymax (Scott Adsit), and a number of other friends in what is essentially a superhero origins story.  This wasn’t my very favorite animated movie of the year, but it did fall in my top 3 in the genre.  At this point in the game, Disney has their craft down to a science.  Even when Pixar takes a year off, that’s when the Mouse comes back strong, and it isn’t at all surprising to see this take home the Oscar, because it is quality.

Big-Hero-6-Baymax-Healthcare-MascotIt’s hard not to like a character that is giant, loving and as plushy as can be.

If I were to make a comparison here, I would say that this is The Avengers meets The Iron Giant.  Obviously, The Avengers is a formula that works and many movies have been aping for a few years now to varying degrees of success, take DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians, for instance.  It took the formula and executed it fluently, but for whatever reason, it did not translate to financial success at the box office.  This also features a boy and his dog story line that you would find in The Iron Giant, and while it’s nowhere near as perfect as that film, I can’t hold that as a mark against it (because nothing is).  I dug Big Hero 6’s sense of humor, as it has both visual gags and funny throwaway lines.  It also keeps it fast paced which keeps the plot advancing quickly.  A lot of the physical comedy really does work, and I really think kids will enjoy this for the most part.

Big-Hero-6-Movie-Reviews1Although they will probably get more out of the superhero team up than they will the health tips.

Big Hero 6 is a very good film, but misses the mark of a great one.  This is largely due to the fact that it is kind of a predictable story.  Right after it gets past the first act, I was able to map out the majority of the story, and it hit all of the beats that I was expecting it to.  There is even a mystery of who the antagonist is, and they keep him in the shadows for so long, you start to do your own detective work.  There are really only two people that it can be, and if you stop to think about it for three seconds, it really isn’t difficult to deduce, so why even have that element to begin with?  Regardless, Big Hero 6 is good at what it does: being a friendly animated superhero team up film.

Big Hero 6 (2014) ****

– Critic for Hire

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