564. Big Hero 6

564-big-hero-6Background info

Title: Big Hero 6
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 42m

“From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Big Hero 6, an action-comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.”

Live blog

1:19 – Jeez, that water looked real!
4:21 – Such an awesome robot, and the switching faces is clever.
6:18 – “Where was I going with this? I had a point.”
9:49 – This is the most fabulous lab I’ve ever seen.
12:32 – That chip thing is going to be important, clearly.
15:16 – “Wow, washed up at fourteen!”
22:19 – I like they say nerd school and it’s not really a bad thing.
26:52 – Baymax trying to navigate a room is hilarious.
29:23 – “Would that stabilise your pubescent moodswings?”
36:24 – Low battery will be the key to many movies in the future I think.
37:19 – Love it, the only way you’ll get a drunk robot.
42:37 – “I have some concerns.”
47:51 – Supervillain. “Scary, obviously, but how cool?”
51:40 – The fist bumping is also a gem.
59:58 – Love cities with monorail trains.
1:03:52 – Fred’s Angels!
1:10:33 – Don’t like rogue Baymax. No fair.
1:19:56 – Of all the technologies, the bubble gum ball things are the most interesting.
1:23:52 – It’s a little bit Ironman but we’ll go with it.
1:32:20 – I literally just got the title.

Conclusions

I knew I was going to love this film, having watched the trailer a gazillion times and giggled to myself at the big, puffy, Michelin-man style Baymax trying to squeeze through a gap far too small for him. I’m glad I wasn’t disappointed, as there’s always the possibility that kids films don’t work for adults too – thankfully, this was brilliant.

Great characters, some nice emotional highs and lows, some great quips as well as a beautiful setting. I very much wish San Fransokyo was a real city because it looked amazing. The animation was strong, the comic book background well translated, and you could tell there was the hand of Pixar in this Disney film, although neither Pixar nor Marvel put their names to it.

An enjoyable film with plenty of rewatch value – particularly with the cute Baymax scenes. When he let out air to fit through the window, I nearly died laughing. Fab.

Rating: 5/5.

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