Monday, November 10, 2014

Big Hero 6 Brings Laughs & Action to Theatres November 7 {review}

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends. adrenaline junkie GoGo Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon, and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.” Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring breathtaking action with all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”). 
Last Wednesday night Boo and I headed downtown to check out a preview showing of Disney's Big Hero 6. We were seated between two 9 year-old boys on one side, and two grown men (movie reviewers) on the other. I'm not sure which side produced the most laughter and reaction to be honest. This film definitely has something to appeal to all ages.

The story is based on a Marvel comic series, and so it's very much a Disney-Superhero mix. There's lots of action and intrigue, and it will have you guessing who is behind the bad guy mask. The super-smart 14 year-old robotics genius, Hiro is the star of the show, and we get to watch as he deals with personal loss, grief, and a maturing outlook on the world.  Both friendship and loss are important themes in this film, and I feel I should provide a warning about that. This may be animated and Disney, but it could be triggering to some kids. The movie definitely ends on a high note, and it does not dwell on loss, but do some research on the plot if you have sensitive kids. (I don't want to give too much away here.)

I say Hiro is the star, but perhaps that title should go to Baymax, the soft and comforting, robotic personal care assistant. Boo was convinced that Baymax would be adorable enough to push Olaf out of his special place in my heart, but he didn't quite make it that far. Olaf is still safe as my favourite. But I do love Baymax and his gentle, caring, and innocent approach to the world. The character provides lots of opportunity for physical humour, and once he gets into the special superhero suit Hiro designs for him, he's truly a force to be reckoned with.

A trailer for you:



Big Hero 6 opened in theatres on November 7, and it had an amazing opening weekend, grossing $56.2 million at the box office. Wow.

When the movie ended, Boo looked at me at uttered one word - "Awesome!" That pretty much sums it up :)

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