Big Hero 6 (3D)
Cert: PG / 114 mins / Dir. Don Hall & Chris Williams / Trailer
And so, the UK finally gets its sweaty paws on Disney's latest offering - a re-tooling of the Marvel comic Big Hero 6 (think of a Manga mashup between Teen Titans and Robocop). The film follows 14yr old Hiro and the inflatable medical robot that his older brother designed, Baymax, as they team up with a team of students from the robotics engineering lab of San Fransokyo university, to stop a mysterious villain unleashing chaos with an army of stolen microbots…
Sound over the top? Of course it bloody does, and it's that excess which makes the film what it is; a heart-warming, adrenaline-pumping, tear-welling*1 adventure yarn. The film is every bit as Pixar-gorgeous as you'd expect - 3D included - and is crammed with all the Easter-eggs you could wish for (including the severed head of Wall-E's Eve, and the best Stan Lee cameo you'll see this year*2).
Big Hero 6's story doesn't always flow as organically as it did in its spiritual predecessor, Wreck-It Ralph, and a couple of the major plot points are telegraphed fairly heavily, but that didn't hamper my enjoyment one iota. There's a built-in animated short before the film titled Feast, which is every bit as charming as its fore-runners Paper Man and The Blue Umbrella, and will set you in the perfect frame of mind for the film to come...
…And yes, you have to stay until the end of the credits. It's only an extra five-minutes, and you'll thank me (or more importantly, Disney) for it.
It is, yes.
Buy it, because the re-watch value in this movie is going to be enormous.
Most of the cast are new to me I'm afraid, but I love their work here.
It does, indeed.
Just a little. No more, though.
Didn't hear one this time, but I'll keep an ear out for it when I re-watch the film.
Jamie Chung, the voice of Go Go, had a role in 2011's Sucker Punch, as did a certain Oscar Isaac, who appears later this year in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
*1 Yes, I did a little cry. Okay yes, twice. They were happy cries, not sad cries. No, you shut up.
*2 And with Age of Ultron and Ant-Man on the horizon, you know we're in for at least two…
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