Big Hero 6 Review: Comic Book Action Meets the Magic of Disney
From the 1978 Superman movie to the recent installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Superhero movies have been associated with US cinema for many years. And now comes “Big Hero 6”, and this is by far Disney’s best outing since last year’s Frozen.
We begin in the city of San Fransokyo (a portmanteau of Tokyo and San Francisco) with a rebellious 14-year-old named Hiro Hamada who always sneaks out at night to participate in illegal back alley robot fights, when his older brother Tadashi goes out to save him, Hiro ends up getting them both in trouble. When all is said and done and the police let them go, Tadashi shows Hiro his latest invention, an inflatable healthcare specialist called Baymax. After a tragic fire occurs, which ends up killing Tadashi, Hiro and Baymax decide to team up with Tadashi’s old friends and become superheroes in order to stop the person who killed him. Of course many comic book fans will love that plotline, but where the story gets most of its heart from is the relationship between Hiro and Baymax. If you ask me, their relationship reminds me somewhat of the relationship ET and Elliot have in “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial”, and between Hogarth and the Iron Giant in “The Iron Giant”. Also, since it is based on a Marvel comic book, there are elements in the story that may be too frightening for some children, so if you have a young child with you, extreme caution is advised. If your child is at least 7 or older though, they may be able to handle it depending on the person.
Overall, Disney has proven once again that it can make the movies that Walt Disney himself would approve of. He aimed at making movies the entire family can enjoy, and “Big Hero 6” is now just the latest in that long roster. If you want an adrenaline rush, if you just want big action-packed fun, or if you want to escape from a long week of school, college, or work, I totally recommend “Big Hero 6”.