Disney has finally done something with the marvel license other than just sitting back and watch the money flow. So we now have “Big Hero 6,” a movie that bares no resemblance of the comics it is based on, and in all honesty did not need to be a superhero movie.
The film follows Hiro Hamada, a teenage boy-genius who, with the encouragement of his older brother, finds his way into a prestigious college. But, when his brother dies in an accident, it causes Hiro to fall into a depression until he realizes that the accident might have been the result of foul play and with the help of his friends, goes and tries to solve the mystery. When they realize that it is the work of a mysterious super villain, they use their knowledge in science and robotics to build tools and armor to put an end to the menace.
I said that the film did not need to be a superhero movie and by that I mean that the true strength of the film is not the action, but the relationship between Hiro and Baymax, a robot nurse designed by his brother. I think the film would have been great, if not better if it had focused purely on Baymax helping Hiro deal with his loss. Hiro is a very well-defined character who behaves in a realistic manner. He is impulsive, brash and often gets over his head, much like many teenagers. Baymax is great for comic relief. I could see the film resembling something akin to “My Neighbor Totoro.”
I still recommend this movie, and I hope to see a sequel.
SAB will be showing this movie tonight and Saturday in the SAC Floyd Theatre at 5 and 8 p.m. The 5 p.m. show is free, while the 8 p.m. show is $1.50 with a student ID and $3 for the general public.