Disney has hit a home run with Big Hero 6.
I recently was lucky enough to be invited by Disney to catch a sneak preview showing of the movie, Big Hero 6. I, like the rest of the world, had been seeing previews and trailers/commercials for this movie for quite some time and really wanted to check it out. When I received the email it was a no brainer that I had to attend my first “early screening.”
One of the benefits of living in the New Jersey/New York area is that I can go into the city pretty much whenever I please. The screening was held at the AMC 25 and this is a massive movie theater. Any theater that has you go up more than 2 escalators to get to your theater is pretty big.
Disney provided us with a free popcorn and soda, which is always good-free food. The movie wasn’t the only agenda Disney wanted to talk about at the screening. They wanted to talk about how Hiro and Baymax, the stars of the movie, will interact in Disney Infinity 2.0. The characters will play just like they did in the movie such as Hiro will be able to control his nanobots and Baymax will fight just like a robot who learns from downloading kung-fu should!
Disney Infinity figures go that extra mile in terms of detail and Big Hero 6 is no different. I know this because Disney gave everyone in the theater their own Hiro and Baymax Disney Infinity figures, which will look pretty sweet on my desk! It was tough to hear the presentation because a lot of the people who attended brought their children to the screening. I’m not saying that was a bad thing, it just made things a little hard to hear. Anyway, on to the movie!
For starters, Big Hero 6 had a darker tone than what I was expecting. You're introduced to Hiro in the underground robot fighting arena of San Fransokyo where he wins easily, so much so that he played the king pin of the fighting ring for a fool. Throw in Tadashi, his older brother to get him out of practically any jam. They would do anything for each other but would you expect anything less from brothers. If it wasn’t for Tadashi inventing Baymax, a robotic healthcare provider, than Hiro and Baymax would never have teamed up.
The look and feel of the movie are fantastic and in 3D as well. While the team runs away from the masked “Kabuki guy” in the streets of San Fransokyo, you really get the feeling that team isn’t going to make it through this. Another example of great graphics/animation is when Hiro and Baymax fly through the skies of San Fransokyo. There is so much going on, action-wise, and all of it looks fantastic!
If the writing doesn’t stand up, then the movie will suffer. Luckily, Big Hero 6 doesn’t have that problem and wonderfully written. The interaction between Hiro and Tadashi really makes you think they really are brothers. The same could be said for the team, Big Hero 6. Their interaction makes you think they truly care for Hiro in his toughest hour as well as spending all their time together at the college! Also how Hiro and Baymax share a bond even though one is a robot was written very well too.
In a way, I see myself in Hiro, not knowing what he wants in life and then working hard for something. I feel like the way I came into writing is just like that. Anyway, now I can talk about Fred, the Campus mascot by day and the Campus mascot by night! Fred loves science but doesn’t match up with the others, mentally. He makes for that with monster/comic smarts, which is vital in a super hero team. Combine that with the fact that his family is wealthy and he spins signs! That combination isn’t given to just anyone!
There are plenty of heart-felt moments in the movie, but did you expect anything else from a Disney movie. I won’t spoil them for you but I can give you one piece of information, stay through the end credits, you won’t be disappointed!
Big Hero 6 screams family and values, like friends. It shows you that you shouldn’t take family for granted because you never know what could happen. The movie also shows that you shouldn’t waste your natural abilities/gifts like Hiro was doing at the start of the film. I think I’m in Hiro’s corner on the robot fighting front but then again I’m not a robotics master. The animation, characters, and writing all show that Disney hasn’t skipped a beat and still knows what people want to see in their film!
Score: 9 / 10