Movie Review: Big Hero 6 (2014)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2014 animated family movie starring Ryan Potter.

Synopsis: A 14-year-old robotics genius, Hiro, is content using his talents to win robot battles around the fictional San Fransokyo. However, when his older brother convinces him he can do more with his gifts, he successfully applies for a prestigious university. However, his joy quickly turns to grief when brother is killed in a fire and someone steals the microbots he invented. Realizing the thief set the fire that killed his older brother, Hiro, along with his friends and a nurse robot, Baymax, seek to stop the masked villain.

Who's in it?


It had been a while since we had a family movie night and, since I wasn't really in the mood to mow the lawn yesterday evening anyway, I picked up a pizza on my way home from work and we sat down to do just that. The film we picked out was "Big Hero 6," which I knew my oldest daughter had seen already but the rest of us had not.

My daughter told me she loved the movie. But, while she recommended it, I did, honestly, have some doubts about it. However, as it turns out, it was actually a very enjoyable and funny family film.

I think the thing that really impressed me most about this film was the Baymax character (voice by Adsit). I loved how the writers made the nurse robot slow and clumsy just because that, alone, made it entertaining to watch, especially when Baymax had to maneuver around tables and other obstacles. When that was thrown in with the robot's child-like understanding of anything that wasn't medical related, we couldn't help but laugh (especially when he learned how to do a fist bump). That was a character that had a lot of thought put into it.

My biggest complaint about this film is it, like many animated family films, is a bit predictable. Even though I wasn't really sure what his motives were, it wasn't too hard to take a guess at who the man in the mask was, despite the movie making a valiant effort to throw us off the scent. And, while the final battle did prove to be entertaining, I was able to correctly guess at how Hiro (Potter) and his friends would end up saving the day and I even figured out the surprise, happy twist at the end before hand. However, unlike so many other, predictable films, this did manage to have enough action and comedy to still be entertaining.

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Final Opinion

I had some doubts about this film when I first started watching it last night. However, it turned out to be a pleasantly funny film with a good mix of action and adventure. We all enjoyed it and it is a movie I would recommend taking the time to watch if you haven't seen it before.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 09/05/2015, StevenHelmer
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