Big Hero 6
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Big Hero 6, quite simply, was everything I hoped it would be and more. There’s no way around it – I loved it back to front, side to side and every way between. From the first few frames, I was smitten, and I trusted in the creators of Big Hero 6 not to let me down.
When we first meet Hiro Hamata, he’s a timid kid of 14 entering his first bot fight against a reigning champion. It becomes clear pretty soon afterward, though, that he is no novice – in fact, he’s a downright genius, and a conniving one at that. An early graduate of high school due to his incredible IQ, Hiro spends his spare time earning money in illegal bot fights all over San Fransokyo.
That is, until older brother Tadashi attempts to save him from arrest, in the process getting them both locked up until Cass, their aunt and guardian, comes to get them. Tadashi manages to con Hiro into taking a look at the projects going on at the university, or “nerd school” according to Hiro, that he studies at.
Enamored with the progression of science, technology and their applications that Tadashi and his friends work on at the institute (to include the personal healthcare assistant Tadashi has been working on, Beymax), Hiro sets his sights on getting accepted into the program by coming up with an invention so innovative that he’ll win the yearly convention over every other eager entrant – and he does it by creating microbots.
That get stolen.
And used against him.
And his friends.
Boom, enter conflict.
Now, I don’t wanna spoil anything (that’s all in the first ~10 minutes of the film), but from the set-up to the point of no return, all the way through to the hiccups and stutters in the problem along the way, Hiro, Beymax & Co. won my heart with every word, action and sentiment.
For such a cartoonish endeavor, Big Hero 6 inhabits a universe that is startlingly realistic. The very crux – and aesthetic – of the film are based in very achievable, if a little far-fetched possibilities. Much the way I fell in love with The Amazing Spider-Man‘s version of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) when I hated Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) with unreasonable passion, it was the inclusion of science and technology strung throughout this movie that drew me in once and for all.
Which isn’t to discount the characters because I fell in love with each and every one of them, too. (I do mean it. Every one. To include the villains. It’s happenin’ pretty frequently lately. Either I’m gettin’ soft or the movies are gettin’ better.)