Big Hero 6 is a slick collaboration between Disney and Marvel which includes the main ingredients from both worlds: family relationships, coming of age, and goodie vs. baddie. Having seen Guardians of the Galaxy (that I haven’t written about here) – another Marvel movie – I see many similarities: the death of a family member as a catalyst for the main protagonist to act, a weird combination of ‘superheroes’ with unorthodox powers, and a death of a loved character – only to be resurrected at the end of the movie.
The crux of the story is the transformation of the main character: Hiro Hamada, who is introduced to the audience, as having lost both parents when he was young. He and his older brother Tadashi are cared for by their slightly neurotic aunt, Aunt Cass. After a tragedy, Hiro has to use his intelligence to track down and capture the mastermind. He is aided by four of his older’s colleagues – and Baymax – his older brother’s creation: a bumbly baloon of a robot that was originally intended to monitor and aid sick patients.
Yes, I know that the movie is intended for General audience so it has to be simple enough to digest and yet a tad gritty and witty for the adults. However, when you know that you’ve been had at the end of the movie, well, you end up feeling a little less satisfied. The settings of San Fransokyo, which is a mixture of San Francisco and Tokyo (duh!) is charming as it manages to combine the best and the worst of those cities. However, whilst I chuckle at this setting and naming, I think it’s very lazy for the writers to just name the town that way. It’s as if the writers decided to mix the US and Japan together and came up with this idea and force everything else to work to that idea.
That said, I did enjoy the movie and did become a tad teary eyed in the movie, especially when the boy sitting next to me was a bit teary and then rested on his mummy’s shoulder. I enjoyed the humour and also appreciated Baymax’s funny slapsticky humour. It’s all good fun.