Friday, November 7, 2014
Movie Review: Big Hero 6
I didn't even know Big Hero 6 was about a "robot" of sorts until recently - Baymax, the "robot" in question, is of course a big part of the trailer and movie poster, but he has one specific purpose that isn't shown as much. I also wasn't expecting much from the movie, but it ended up being very good, with fantastic 3D.
14-year-old Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) is a prodigy who graduated high school at age 13, and now prefers to do illegal 'bot racing in his spare time. His brother, Tadashi (Daniel Henney), is a student at the local tech university, where he and his "nerd" friends design all sorts of cool new tech. Tadashi inspires Hiro to design a project for the school's showcase, in which a young person will be selected to join the university, and Hiro's project goes over very well; however, later in the evening there is a fire at the school, and Hiro's life is forever changed.
Later, Hiro finds out that his project did survive the fire, and he and Tadashi's friends must team up in order to take down the evil villain who has stolen the project ... whose identity may end up surprising you.
This movie actually was like a superhero movie, which was great (and made for some awesome 3D flying sequences too). San Fransokyo (San Francisco + Tokyo - get it?) is the city where Hiro and his friends live; although they never specify if it's in the U.S. or Japan, it has the rolling hills of San Francisco plus the city life and culture of Tokyo. The supporting voice cast is great, as well, and includes T.J. Miller as Fred, Jamie Chung as Go Go, Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl, anyone?) as Wasabi, and Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon. Maya Rudolph plays Hiro's aunt, as well (with whom he and Tadashi live) and Alan Tudyk voices a businessman whom Hiro meets.
Yes, see this movie, and see it in 3D if you can - the 3D was amazing. If you noticed, I didn't even mention Baymax in the synopsis, because I don't want to spoil too much about him, but he is obviously a major part of the film; he starts off as Tadashi's university project, and later Hiro customizes him more. I will say I don't recommend this movie for younger children - I'd say 10+ is fine - because of the fire scene and also some other sensitive issues that arise. However, for everyone else, I highly recommend Big Hero 6, and it should be interesting to see how a unique movie like this does at the box office this weekend.
Big Hero 6 is in theaters today, November 7th, and is rated PG with a runtime of 108 minutes. 4 stars out of 5.