Big Hero 6 Movie Review
After nearly three months since a Marvel movie last hit theaters, the billion-dollar studio is back with… an animated movie? Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6, about a boy genius and his lovable inflatable robot who form a superhero team, is an entertaining albeit unremarkable comic book adaptation.
The movie revolves around the relationship between Hiro (Ryan Potter) and his “pet” robot Baymax (Scott Adsit), who adopted him after his brother was killed in a suspicious fire. Once Hiro figures out his brother was murdered, he enlists some friends to become a robotics-enhanced superhero team.
Big Hero 6 is a mixture of a buddy comedy and an action film, and the results largely work—but not completely. The movie is fast-paced and fun, with a likable blend of characters, some laugh-out-loud humor and a decent dose of action.
The movie works best as a comedy, though, and the chemistry between Hiro and the hilariously naïve Baymax is the big reason why. The two characters are extremely well written, and their scenes together will have you laughing loudly.
Big Hero 6’s action is fast and furious, especially in the third act. The action is largely harmless, which is good for children (but perhaps too intense for young children) and adequate for adults, even though there never seems to be much at stake. The movie is far from suspenseful, though the action itself is exciting at times.
Unfortunately, Big Hero 6 doesn’t properly blend the action and comedy. When it’s an action movie, it isn’t very funny, and as a result it feels less fun during these runs. It’s a shame, because when Baymax and Hiro are going at it, the movie is really charming.
The film’s villain and a few other scenes may be too frightening or intense for younger children.
Big Hero 6 is an enjoyable animated action-comedy, but it doesn’t feel as fresh as The Incredibles nor as polished as Marvel’s other movies. Nonetheless, it’s entertaining, and that’s all that really matters.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.