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Friday, November 7, 2014

Big Hero 6 Movie Review

Big Hero 6 Movie Review
I was privileged to see a preview of the Big Hero 6 movie last weekend. I keep signing up for those previews that are available to the public and press where movie studies show the full movie ahead of its release to generate some buzz and give the press time to write a story so the review is available before the movie is actually released. This is the first one I actually made it to. Hopefully, it won't be the last, as going to the movie theater isn't exactly cheap these days.

Big Hero 6 is a comedy-adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is loosely based off the Marvel comic of the same name. Since Disney acquired Marvel, expect to see Disney reaching into some of their lesser known comics. That isn't a bad thing, just how they start a new story line instead of creating another sequel. 

The featured character of the movie is an inflatable robot named Baymax. At first, my 7-year old son thought he looked like a big marshmallow with a smaller marshmallow head, but he later informed me that wasn't the case after all. The other main character is a prodigy named Hiro Hamada. He has to avenge his brother's death after a terrible accident in San Fransokyo. Hiro turns his earlier bot fighting skills into helping turn a ragtag fleet of his brother's friends into a high tech group of heroes called Big Hero 6. He then works with the whole group to save the world. End of story.

That was the short version of the movie. The longer version... Hiro lives with his brother Tadashi and Aunt Cass after his parents died. He enjoys (ro)bot fighting but gets into some trouble after his bot destroys one that keeps winning. His brother saves him but they end up in jail.

To get Hiro away from the illegal bot fighting world, Tadashi takes him to his tech lab at school and introduces him to an odd set of characters, along with his own science project, Baymax, a health care assistant. An accident happens, killing Tadashi, and Hiro has to convert Baymax and the friends into a band of super-heroes to foil an evil plot.
The film itself is hilarious and will keep you laughing throughout, but it isn't all fun and games. There are some sad moments with lots of grief as the protagonist's brother dies early in the movie. If your child doesn't deal with grief well, that's probably the worst part of the film for the kiddies. It is definitely full of many unexpected twists and turns.

The film is 3D, as is the short before the film with the dog Winston. Cute dog and good short story there. It gets you used to the 3D glasses if you've never worn them before. I liked the 3D effects of the main film best of course. I never felt the need to duck when something was coming at me, but I definitely felt like I could reach out and grab some different items flying by.

I'd recommend this movie for probably the six and up crowd. With the violence and death, you have to be careful with the younger crowd. It is definitely enjoyable for the whole family, not just the kids though. If you don't have a sense of humor, avoid the film, as otherwise you'll laugh too much.

Definitely worth the ticket price. You're going to love it.

Disclosure: I received tickets to the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.


  1. This doesnt sound like a very great movie from your review. A friend wemt and saw it yesterday and wasent very impressed with it. I havent seen it yet.