Film review: Big Hero 6 (4 out of 5)

Strange how sometimes you go into a movie thinking it will be one thing and it turns out to be something completely different.

Friday, 30th January 2015, 8:22 pm
Big Hero 6
Big Hero 6

I was expecting this movie to be a simple animation involving a young man and a rather plump but cute robot.

OK so I didn’t read the synopsis properly and based my preconceptions on the trailer.

Happily, what I got was a superb buddy movie that shows the amazing strides that have been made in animation.

In fact it left me thinking that the sky’s the limit.

The detail in Big Hero 6 is so incredible that surely no subject is out of bounds for a young or more mature audience, and that’s very exciting for animation.

But back to the movie itself and the plot revolves around Hiro, living in the future or re-imagined present (it’s not easy to work out which) where there’s a distinct mix of Asian and Western civilisations - the city is called San Fransokyo.

There’s certainly a lot of sophisticated machinery around and Hiro’s brother has created Baymax, an inflatable robot with a lot of skills.

However, there’s a tragedy that leads Hiro, Baymax, plus a group of friends on an adventure to stop a mysterious stranger from creating havoc across the city.

That’s a very basic synopsis, though, to save giving too much away.

In fact there is a very well thought out plot that draws you in, young or old, and serves up a few surprises along the way.

There are sad moments but the overall feel of the film is one of hope.

One of its strengths is that there are no real ‘big’ names providing the voices - sometimes having A-listers on board can be a distraction.

Overall, this is an absolute joy of a film that will most definitely entertain the whole family and deserves all the plaudits that should come its way.

Film details: Big Hero 6 (PG) 102mins

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung

Screening courtesy of Horsham Capitol