Last year The Lego Movie was controversially snubbed for a Best Animated Feature and Big Hero 6 went on to win the Oscar. Was it a deserved winner?
Hiro, a 14-year-old robotic genius, lives with his Aunt Cass and older brother Tadashi in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo. After an accident in San Fransokyo Hiro teams up with his friends and Baymax-an inflatable robot invented by his brother – to solve the mystery behind the event.
So while it is universally agreed that The Lego Movie should have been nominated for Best Animated Feature, in my opinion Big Hero 6 was a worthy winner of the award. Perhaps I’m just a big softy but I got really emotionally involved with the story. There was plenty of action and adventure to keep people entertained but the film also wears its heart on it’s sleeve and is the most satisfying part of the story.
The star of the film is of course the loveable Baymax. From his design as an inflatable looking round robot to his deadpan but sincere delivery, Baymax instantly wins the audience over. One minute he’s a caring, medical assistant, the next he’s a kick ass hero but still capable of offering a hug. What’s not to love? Everyone should have a Baymax of their own.
The film looks great, with its setting in San Fransokyo as vibrant and colourful as the film itself. The relationship between Hiro and Baymax is believable and they make for a hilarious partnership. Hiro’s friends are also pretty funny and likeable. I also liked how even without superpowers the characters are able to fight the bad guy using their intelligence and inventions.
It’s not perfect. The story, as entertaining as it is, is not that original. While the identity of the film’s baddie is kept hidden for the first half of the movie the reveal is a bit predictable.
This is an enjoyable and fun movie. And of course no Marvel Comic adaptation is complete without a Stan Lee cameo and he does appear in animated form for those eagle-eyed enough to spot him.
Rating 4/5 – an adorable, energetic and thoughtful adaptation of a lesser known Marvel comic