Screen Talk: Big Hero 6 Review

Okay so I just had to write this review, even though I wrote a ScreenReport review only a few days ago cos Big Hero 6 was a wicked film!

Hey guys. Hope you’re all good.

So this film brought with it a lot of hyp. And, for the most part, I felt it lived up to it.

I was eagerly looking forward to seeing this film. And overall it didn’t disappoint.

Oh and btw, where can I get a Baymax?

FYI, Spoilers if you read on.

Plot

The film takes place in the fictional futuristic city of San Franksokyo. Our protagonist is 14 year old robotics genius Hiro Hamada.  He spends his time competing in illegal back-alley robot fights, squandering his potential as believed by his older brother Tadashi.

One day early on in the movie, under the pretence of taking Hiro to a robot fight, Tadashi actually takes him to the robotics lab at his university. There Hiro is awed by the inventions of Tadashi’s friends, Gogo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred.

Hiro also discovers what Tadashi himself has been working on. And this is where the story starts to get good. We- and Hiro- meet Tadashi’s invention  Baymax, a personal healthcare robot that is huggable and just plain awesome.

Inspired by the goings-on of the lab and after an exchange with Professor Callaghan, head of the university’s robotics program, Hiro decides to apply to the university.  At an exhibition in which aspiring people are chosen for admission, Hiro presents his project, microbots that can arrange themselves into any imaginable formation in a variety of fields including transportation and construction. This project catches the attention of the President of a robotics company called Krei Tech, Alistair Krei, who offers to buy the microbots, only for Hiro to politely refuse. Callaghan meanwhile, impressed vwith the microbots, grants Hiro admission to the university.

Later when Tadashi and Hiro are talking outside, they are alerted to a fire having broken out in the university. Discovering that Callaghan is still inside, Tadashi, despite Hiro’s protests, rushes in to save the professor. But, once Tadashi is inside, an explosion occurs. Tadashi dies. This was sad.

The movie continues following Tadashi’s funeral. A still mourning Hiro is in his room and accidentally hurts his foot. This causes Baymax to activate as his purpose is to aid with injuries. The last we saw of Baymax he was in the lab but must’ve been brought home by Tadashi some time in between the intervening scenes. This was a cool scene, seeing Baymax activate and what he does next.

The other focus in this scene is the microbot that Hiro still has. The microbot is vibrating and seems to be trying to get somewhere. Following an offhanded remark from Hiro, Baymax takes the microbot and begins to follow it to where it wants to go. Hiro, seeing that Baymax is gone, panics and hastens after him.

They- Hiro, Baymax and the microbot- end up at an abandoned warehouse where Hiro discovers that someone has been creating mirobots of their own. Hiro and Baymax are attacked by a masked man who is in control of the microbots. Hiro and Baymax escape and Hiro realizes that the masked man has stolen his project idea and is mass producing microbots of their own. Making a plan to apprehend the man, Hiro upgrades Baymax from a healthcare assistant to a fighter robot, equipped with fighting moves and armour.

In order to help Hiro deal with his grief over Tadashi’s death, Baymax contacts Tadashi’s old friends, Gogo, Fred, Honey Lemon and Wasabi who arrive while Hiro and Baymax are waiting for the masked man. Hiro is startled to see them and this is where the masked man turns up and attacks the group who only just manage to escape, ending up at Fred’s parents mansion.

Still intending to catch the masked man, Hiro and Baymax are joined by Gogo, Fred, Honey Lemon and Wasabi who choose to help because Tadashi was their friend. The six form a superhero team with Gogo, Fred, Honey Lemon and Wasabi utilizing their inventions. Kinda random but it explains the title, Big Hero 6.  Emphasis on the 6.

The team make their way to an old laboratory of Krei Tech’s where they discover tapes from an old experiment gone awry. An experiment in which a test pilot was sent through an unstable portal and did not emerge from the other side.

The masked man shows up and is revealed to be, not Krei as Hiro had expected since he refused to sell the microbots too to Krei earlier, but, to his shock, it is Callaghan Callaghan who survived the fire, using the microbots to protect himself.

Believing Tadashi’s death to have been needless since Callaghan was safe anyway and did not die, a stricken and furious Hiro instructs Baymax to attack Callaghan which Baymax does. But seeing this uncharacteristic behavior from Baymax, Gogo, Honey Lemon, Fred and Wasabi try to stop Baymax. They are unsuccessful but the distraction these attempts cause allows Callaghan to flee. Hiro, angry at the interference of his friends, leaves with Baymax who, once there, asks a still determined to get revenge Hiro, if killing Callaghan will make him feel better. This causes Hiro to comes to his senses and he is devastated. Realizing that killing Callaghan is not what Tadashi would’ve wanted, he makes up with his friends.

The group discovers that the test pilot from the failed experiment was Callaghan’s daughter and that he wants revenge for her death from Krei who sent her through the portal knowing it was unstable. At a speech that Krei is giving, with use of the microbots, Callaghan tries to sent Krei through a similar portal but is thwarted by the Big Hero 6 who fail to stop him first before succeeding in stopping him.

The 6 are about to leave when Baymax senses that there is life inside the portal. Certain that it’s Callaghan’s daughter, Hiro and Baymax hasten into the unstable portal where they discover her, unconscious, still in the ship she had been in during the experiment.

While still in the portal, Baymax’s armour is damaged and he is unable to fly himself, Hiro and Callaghan’s daughter to safety. However, he can save Hiro and Callaghan’s daughter and not himself via means of his robotic fist. He does this after Hiro tearfully agrees. This was the saddest moment of the whole film. Really, really sad.

Baymax is gone. Callaghan is arrested. His daughter, Abigail, wakes up and is taken to hospital. The Big Hero 6 have been successful.

The film moves on. Some time later, Hiro, now attending the university, discovers, in Baymax’s robotic fist, his healthcare chip, the thing that gives him his nurse-like personality. Delighted, Hiro proceeds o create his own Baymax. Big Hero 6’s mission becomes to help people around the city as Tadashi would’ve wanted to do. That’s where the movie ends.

Notable Cast Performances (in no specific order)

  • Ryan Potter – as the voice of Hiro. Made for an endearing protagonist.
  • Scott Adsit – voiced Baymax well. Baymax is awesome.
  • T. J. Miller – as the voice of Fred. One of the few characters that stood out as awesome. Developed well.
  • Maya Rudolph – the voice of Aunt Cass. I just liked her.
  • Daniel Henney – the voice of Tadashi. I liked him as the caring older brother.

Genre/s

Animation. Futuristic. Action. Adventure.

Let Downs

I didn’t really think there were any let downs. Other than the facts that Tadashi died and the original Baymax remained in the portal. But these were part of the plot. Not let downs. I was just emotionally invested. And while I’m happy that Hiro got another Baymax, he’s not the original Baymax.

Favourite Character

The original Baymax.

Movie Stealing Performance

Ryan Potter as the voice of Baymax. Baymax’s presence in this film kind of overshadows everything. He’s mostly what makes this film. He even has his own movie poster.

Rating

1 star – Awful / 2 stars – Bad / 3 stars – Okay /4  stars – Good / 5 stars – Awesome

This movie is in my list of favourite films. I give it 4.5 out of 5.

Recommended? Yep. This is a good family type film. And one of the films that the kids who are growing up now, when they grow up, will be like, Big Hero 6 was a part of my childhood, like I am with A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 1 and 2.

Final thoughts

I would’ve given this movie 5/5 if the story had better character development. Gogo, Honey Lemon and Wasabi weren’t really developed. And I didn’t think there needed to be the mention of superheroes. It would’ve been cooler if they were just a bunch of people with Baymax using their skills to go about a mission.

Having said that, I did like the fact that Big Hero 6 had an antagonist of sorts that had a purpose other than the cliché taking over the world. Big Hero 6 is the sort of film that, with- at least yearly- breaks in between, I can watch again and again.

Oh and I say it again. I want a Baymax!

Until next time guys,

Zuhaib

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