Movie Review: Big Hero 6

I loved the trailer of this movie so much, I couldn’t wait to watch it and I am happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed at all. If anything, Big Hero 6 offers up way more of a story and experience than it lets on in the promotional material, which is rare these days.

If you’re not up to speed, this is the story of 14-year-old prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) who isn’t quite sure what to do with “that big brain” of his. He lost his parents at a young age and lives with his older brother, the brilliant but much more focussed Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and loving Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph). Certain events take place – I don’t want to give away spoilers – which lead to Hiro getting together with plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax (Scott Adsit). Soon Hiro has a purpose and along with his new group of friends – fire-breathing-creature-obsessed-slacker Fred (T.J. Miller), bad-ass Go Go (Jamie Chung), chemicals genius Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and laser scientist Wasabi (Damon Wayans) – Hiro and Baymax must apprehend a really really big bad villain.

The world of Big Hero 6 is rich, detailed and surprisingly free of cliché even though it hits the familiar beats of a movie in this genre. It is visually stunning, and the characters are really fun to watch. Hiro is an excellent leading man but my heart belongs to Baymax. He needs to become a reality right now. Someone in a lab somewhere needs to be working to make him real. A toy version just won’t do.

For all its playfulness though, Big Hero 6 is not afraid to go to some dark places. All the punches, whether physical or emotional, land hard.

Final Analysis: I can’t say too much without giving away major plot points but Big Hero 6 is a thoroughly satisfactory movie watching experience.

My advice: Big Hero 6 delivers on everything it promises in the trailer and then some.
Watch it. Watch it now!