Monday 5 January 2015

Review: Big Hero 6

World of Blackout Film Review

Big Hero 6 (3D) Poster

Big Hero 6 (3D)
Cert: PG / 114 mins / Dir. Don Hall & Chris Williams / Trailer
WoB Rating: 7/7

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.

Is this film worth paying £10+ to see?
It is, yes.

Well, I don't like the cinema. Buy it, rent it, or wait for it to be on telly?
Buy it, because the re-watch value in this movie is going to be enormous.

Does this film represent the best work of the leading performer(s)?
Most of the cast are new to me I'm afraid, but I love their work here.

Does the film achieve what it sets out to do?
It does, indeed.

Will I think less of you if we disagree about how good/bad this film is?
Just a little. No more, though.

Oh, and is there a Wilhelm Scream in it?
Didn't hear one this time, but I'll keep an ear out for it when I re-watch the film.

…but what's the Star Wars connection?
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.

And if I HAD to put a number on it…

*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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