Since seeing the first trailer of Big Hero 6, this Disney fan was quite excited for the release of the movie and now, after finally getting the opportunity to watch it, I must say that this film has become one of my favourites of 2014.
Based on the Marvel comics of the same name, Big Hero 6 follows boy genius Hiro Hamada in the fictional city of San Fransokyo as he puts together a team of superheroes to expose the mysterious masked villain. Walt Disney even follows in Pixar’s footsteps of showcasing a short film at the beginning of the movie with Feast, a story of a dog named Winston whose owner spoils him with food.
The animation of the film was stunning with the landscapes of San Fransokyo being especially amazing, but what really drew me in were the references to Japanese culture that occurred throughout Big Hero 6. There were alleys stapled with Japanese writing, a policeman eating ramen from a roadside stand and even the public transport is reminiscent of the systems in Japan.
Big Hero 6 managed to keep me fixated throughout every scene and there was never a dull moment, although I’ll admit that a few parts of the film did make me tear up a bit. The audience at the cinema seemed to agree with this view judging by the applause it received at the end and the majority of critics have given it positive reviews so it’s definitely a film I’d recommend to others; even Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 88% score. I’m sure I won’t be the only one reciting lines from the film or Baymax’s adorable ‘balalalala’ fist-bump in the months to come.
Another positive coming from Big Hero 6 was the large diversity of characters the film brought together. All the members of the superhero team had widely different personalities yet managed to work in sync by the end of the film and help Hiro, as the youngest of the group, to develop a kind attitude in lieu of his brother’s death. However, even with bad-ass GoGo Tomago, laid-back Fred and quirky Honey Lemon, Baymax was the one who stole the show. His constant helpfulness made him one adorable companion, but even though everyone knew that he was just a robot, it was super easy to get attached to this lovable marshmallow.
Big Hero 6 is definitely the movie to see this summer whether you are young or old and is even worth a second trip to the cinemas. After months of waiting for this film to be released, I have to say that Big Hero 6 was well worth the wait and for those who are planning to see it, stay until the end of the credits because there is a short scene afterwards.