Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, TJ Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph
Directed By: Don Hall and Chris Williams
Yet another film I was really looking forward to that disappointed me this year. I think a lot of people have been bamboozled by Big Hero 6. Don’t get me wrong, it’s flashy and fun (for the most part). I completely understand why people think it’s amazing. The problem is, the bar has been raised for animation. Films like How To Train Your Dragon 2 can tell a compelling story, with real characters, and heart. Big Hero 6 is missing some heart, compelling characters, and is saddled with a good-not-great plot.
Big Hero 6 follows the story of Hiro (Potter) who is looking to avenge his brother’s death. He finds his brother’s invention, Baymax (Adsit), who is is programmed to give medical attention when needed. He decides to reprogram Baymax and use him to find his brother’s killer. Pretty heavy for a Disney film, right?
The problem is, and maybe this is a tad spoilery, there’s supposed to be this mystery about who the villain is, but there are so few characters in the film that it can really only be two people. And since one of them is more “OMG REALLY?” than the other, I knew who the bad guy was the whole time. If you had more characters, or more precisely more compelling, better written characters, you’d maybe have more of a struggle figuring out who the villain was. Also, you barely know who the Big Hero 6 is when they become superheroes. Wasabi, Fred, Go Go, and Honey Lemon are all underdeveloped, and when they start appearing as Hiro’s best friends, it goes to highlight how sad of a life Hiro really has that his best friends are his brother’s former classmates.
But, Big Hero 6 moves at a fast pace, and keeps the action going. It does have heart, eventually, in the relationship between Hiro and Baymax. I don’t know why every animated movie needs to be so damn sad nowadays. I don’t remember Wreck It Ralph being this sad, and it was a good movie. Not that Big Hero 6 is super sad, but it has its moments.
It’s a problematic film, sure, but with Marvel’s touch, it’s pretty enjoyable even through its problems. It just could have been, and should have been, better.
FINAL GRADE: B