There is nothing new about Disney’s upcoming film Big Hero 6. In fact, I’m pretty sure that every scene of the movie has been done in multiple superhero films (The Avengers, Iron Man) and I swear I even recognized a scene from Gravity. However, I still walked out of the theater smiling – it’s worth a trip to the movies.
HIro is a 14 year old genius that initially spends all of his time building homemade robots and fighting them in illegal bouts around the city. His older brother, who apparently is also highly intelligent, introduces him to his classmates at the robotics department at his university in an effort to motivate Hiro to use his gift for more positive projects. As the truth unfolds about a tragedy in the university’s science department, Hiro finds himself fighting the classic “villain” and using his intelligence and technical skills to outfit himself and new friends as “super” crime fighters. At the center of the group is a large inflated robot named Baymax – a robot built to act as an unassuming medical assistant, not to save the world.
Baymax is obviously the character that steals the show. We all love an honest being that will do anything for his charge – human or not. I give the film 4 out of 5 microbots – it would have been a higher mark if some of the scenes weren’t blatant copies of other films. I found myself laughing out loud over and over again during this movie and I won’t lie, I got misty eyed during certain parts as well. The villain in the film is a bit scary so keep that in mind if your child scares easily. I think the story is geared more for the above 5 kiddos, but adults who like this genre will enjoy it as well. In fact, I texted my 20 year old college son after the movie and told him about it because I knew he’d love it. I’d definitely put this film in the “see it” column, however, see it in a NON 3D showing – it’ll save you a few bucks and you and your kids won’t have to wear the annoying glasses.