"He's Going to Help a Lot of People."
This concludes our Baymax portion of this review.
“Big Hero 6” is a superhero movie.
It’s maybe a bit unfair to the film to simplify it like that, but compared to its most recent predecessors, it feels very simple. There’s the seed of a larger emotional story that could be told about how people process grief; both the hero and the antagonist have lost an important person in their lives, and that loss fuels their actions throughout the film. But when the movie explores what loss does to a person, it does so superficially. The movie lacks the subtlety past Disney films have managed to bring to the table, and it suffers a bit for it.
Still, a sub-par Disney feature is still much better than most other things. Kids will love this movie. The pacing is fast but not so fast that you miss any of the action, the characters are all uniquely designed and interesting to watch (personality-wise they all fall a bit flat, but eh. A quibble). My main issues with “Big Hero 6” are actually similar to the issues I had with Marvel’s last film, “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Yes, it’s good, but I’ve seen it all done. “Big Hero 6” feels like it was made in a lab, that elite scientists puzzled over what elements make a good superhero movie and which ones make a good kids’ film, combined them and sold the result. As I was watching the film I could see its influences like they were fingerprints. There’s a little “Incredibles”, some “Spiderman”, some “How to Train your Dragon”, and…spoilers…some “Iron Giant”. It’s funny, because one of the main messages of the film is to solve problems by “attacking them from a different angle”. Movies really need to start listening to themselves.
“Big Hero 6” is a good popcorn movie, and really enjoyable on the big screen. Everything you’re looking for in a movie can be found on that screen. It’s just missing that extra little something, even with the 50+ points given to it by Baymax. For my part, though, I’m still keeping the faith with Disney. They’ve so rarely let me down before.