HIFF – Big Hero 6
Admittedly, this post is later than it should be, but at the very least it’s given me time to ponder the movie as well as listen to the criticisms of it from other people. This is going to be more along the lines of a movie review, and may be filled with spoilers considering that the movie has been out for a good amount of time now.
Big Hero 6 is an animated movie based on a Marvel comic-book property, and though I don’t know how faithful this adaption is, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. To summarize the positive aspects of the movie, it has a good story with great characterization and development of the main protagonist, Hiro, as well as stellar animation and action sequences. There were also no gripes on my part when it came to the voice acting, with everyone doing a decent to great job. Considering that the movie is aimed at a younger demographic, it has a balanced amount of humor, but also manages to capture an unexpected emotional aspect as well. This is where the advertising for the movie comes into play, as every trailer seemingly focuses more on the fun and adventurous aspects of the movie. However, this is only the case with advertising for Western audiences, as I heard that the Japanese marketing included a very crucial plot point of the story.
This plot point is the death of an important character who only remains alive during the first 15-30 minutes of the movie. The character is non-other than Hiro’s older brother, Tadashi. In this aspect I actually give props to whoever was in charge of promoting the movie for Western audiences. Going into this movie, I did not expect any strong emotional pull in the story since there was no indication of this anywhere in the trailers. From the moment Tadashi died in the movie, I immediately thought in my mind, “Ah, it’s one of those movies”. There are a few more emotional moments throughout the story, especially near the end during the final confrontation. The entire sequence was heart-wrenching to say the least. On a completely different note, the Stan Lee cameo was incredibly entertaining.
Only two negative aspects of the movie that come to mind, one of which is not even my own criticism, are the development of every character besides Hiro, and the length of the movie. The latter criticism is my own, since by the end of the movie I felt as though more could have happened. Thinking back on it now though, I see that the movie has just the right amount of run-time to tell the story it wanted and conclude it in a satisfying way. I probably just loved the movie so much that I didn’t want it to end either. When it comes to the criticism about the side characters and their own progression in the story, I can see what critics mean when they pick on this aspect of the movie. They don’t seem to undergo any personal trait adjustments and remain unchanged from beginning to end, except for them gaining/building new gadgets to fight crime with. However, the main focus, heart, and soul of the story is focused on Hiro’s growth and the incredibly adorable Baymax. It’s taken me this long to bring up the android caretaker of the protagonist, but all I cant say is that he is one of the most lovable characters in an animated movie that I have seen in a long time.
According to a friend of mine who is currently taking an animation major, the movie used a new rendering program that was more advanced than anything used in previous animated movies. Needless to say, the movie definitely looks amazing when it comes to its visuals.
Overall, I say the movie is worth going to see the week of its release. Oh, make sure to stick around for the credits for a treat. This is a Marvel movie after all.