At what point do you give a children’s movie some leeway and when do you start judging it like a regular movie. I enjoyed “Big Hero 6” as one would an animated movie, but the boring and sad part of me can’t help but point out its many flaws which is going head-to-head with my natural childlike sensibilities. It’s a real mess.
Let me reiterate: I liked “Big Hero 6”. It’s cute, bright, very well-animated, funny and just entertaining enough. It will be a perfectly fine time at the movies for families or for adults who refuse to grow up.
There are plenty of cool gadgets and toys and when all the characters suit-up with their own individual costumes and skills you can just hear the sound of Disney making money this holiday season.
It should also be commended as one of the only movies that parade the benefits of science. The lead, Hiro (Ryan Potter), is a whiz kid who graduated high school at 13 and uses his geekery to build super awesome superhero suits. Him, his friends and his robot pal Baymax (Scott Adsit) use this gear to find his brothers killer. Some Disney movies show how awesome it is to be a princess with perfect pitch, and this one proves all you need is smarts.
It’s just a shame there wasn’t as much ingenuity in story or any of these bug-eyed characters. Hiro is the typical angsty adolescent struggling with the rage of a lost love. Then there is the band of throw away goofballs: The bubbly blonde girl who’s too nice to function; The hot-headed chick who’s always popping bubble gum; the big guy who looks tough but is more feminine then the first girl and; the doofus who’s just stoned enough to pass in a children’s film.
In a movie filled with heroes Baymax is indeed the one who saves the day. Like Olaf in “Frozen” he’s made out of what I believe is a solid cloud, his squishy steps are more adorable than the last and his adorable awkward, detachment from the real world provides the most unique and hilarious aspect of the film. As well he provides most of the films sentimentality, receiving all the “awws” as he awkwardly hugs Hiro from time to time. Without him the movie wouldn’t have stayed afloat—also because he is a literal flotation device.
The scene that stole the show is when he is losing battery and begins to slur and stumble like someone who’s ingested their weight in Jack Daniels. The audience was in riot mode and I along with them and I’m sure people Vines of people saying “hairy baby” while petting a cat will be the next big thing.
All the way to the end, with so-so humor (aside from Baymax) and decent but forgettable action, I had the sneaking suspicion that half of this movie’s existence is to just sell toys. I can imagine “Big Hero 6 stuff” being top priority on all kids Christmas lists and piles of tears when all the Baymax toys are sold out.
Some may say the same about “Toy Story”, but those movie told the introspective life of what happens when toys are alone, surging with wit and heart. Hear a bunch of stock characters dress up like heroes and do cool things. That’s really all you need to sell action figures.
But I digress. These movies are critic proof. They are for kids, and kids will love this one and parents may even too. They may be mad when they have to spend hundreds of dollars to get all the toys and, if they are like me, may forget the film as soon as they leave but their kids will be happy. As proof one kid was started to bawl at the end, and so did the sad woman next to me. That’s all that matters, but anyone over the age of 16 should go see “Interstellar” instead.