Big Hero 6 is the origin story of a group of nerdy misfits and their journey to find the man behind the mask.
Marvel and Disney have worked together on the movie, combining the popular superhero genre with Disney’s own brand of childhood comedy. Set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, the film follows Hiro Hamada, a 14 year old robotics expert who wastes his talents on street robot fighting. After his older brother takes him to his lab at The San Fransokyo University of Technology or ‘nerd school’ as dubbed by Hiro, he is inspired to get accepted into university and work with his brother. To get into university he creates a technology called Microbots to impress the professors. When someone burns down the university to steal Hiro’s Microbots, he teams up with the loveable Baymax and his new university friends on a mission to find who started the fire responsible for his brother’s death and bring them to justice.
All up this movie was enjoyable and got plenty of laughs from the audience. There was lots of physical comedy for the kids and enough older humour for the film to be enjoyable for parents. Disney has put their own spin on the famous Japanese comic, bringing it to a whole new generation of fans.
One of the most intriguing elements of the film is it’s setting, which combines the cityscapes of San Francisco and Japan to create a futuristic world full of colour and technology. This melding of futuristic scenery and traditional Japanese architecture is amusing and fantastical for those watching.
While Big Hero 6 is full of action-packed superhero sequences, what is really endearing about the film are the relationships between the characters. You cannot help but love the unlikely hero Baymax who looks more similar to an oversized marshmallow than a pillar of strength. While Baymax learns to be strong through Hiro’s programming, Hiro learns about compassion, forgiveness and most importantly how to deal with his brothers passing.
Big Hero 6 begins Boxing Day. I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars.
Words by Sarah Clarry