Big Hero 6
Don Hall and Chris Williams
Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter
One can always count on Disney for an entertainer for the entire family and Big Hero 6 is no aberration. From whatever we could guess and speculate from the trailers, we thought this movie is going to run on the trajectory of How To Train Your Dragon and we can positively establish that though a lot of elements were quite similar (A young boy trying to find his calling in life, a gang of friends who stand by him in his battles, a cute and huge sidekick who can be potentially very dangerous but is actually the cutest and kindest thing ever), Big Hero 6 fails to make that special emotional connect with the audience but definitely doesn’t lose out on the ‘fun’ quotient.
The movie moves fast from the word go. No time is wasted in letting the audience know that the protagonist (14-year-old Hiro Hamada) is a child prodigy and has lost both his parents. He lives with his elder brother, a scientist himself; in a city which could easily be the love child of Tokyo and San Francisco (they even named it San Fransokyo) in a time where technology is significantly more advanced than today.
Hiro maybe a teenager but he has the genius far ahead of his years. He is recruited by the college where his brother goes, when he wins a competition with his latest invention (microbots that he can control with his mind). But the college where the competition was being held gets burnt and his brother dies in the accident.
Saddened by his brother’s death, Hiro finds comfort in Baymax, an adorable nurse robot (that gets activated whenever someone says ‘ow!’) created by his brother before he died. Hiro’s microbots land into the hands of a masked man with sinister plans who he thinks was also responsible for his brother’s death. And so he launches on a quest with Baymax and his other scientist friends (one of which will remind you so much of Shaggy from Scooby-Doo) to catch the man with the ‘Kabuki’ mask (you will realise how funny this word is when you hear a cop say it).
The biggest strength of Big Hero 6 is definitely Baymax. His robot-like innocence and huggable appearance will melt you as soon as you see him. Some scenes, like when he deflates to fit inside a window making it look as if he is passing gas, will leave you in splits. Even the way he walks is enough to tickle you. Hell, I was laughing so much by the end of first half, I thought even I will need a Baymax-like nurse robot to fix my jaw.
However, it didn’t come to that. The movie goes severely downhill from the interval onwards. The kids prepare for a fight with the Kabuki mask guy and Hiro turns our Michelin Man into Iron Man with his many custom-made armour. And not just Baymax, even Hiro and the other kids (Shaggy included) turn superheroes with new gadgets and gizmos. But none of it really works up to that ‘superhero-y’ feel.
Attempts were made to make the audience go ‘gooey’ at heart with some scenes but none of it helps in any way. The instances look forced and way too short lived to even register.
But as far as having ‘fun’ goes, be sure that this movie promises 100 minutes of entertainment for kids and it is safe to say that even adults will also not be bored. This is a one-time watch, specifically for the cuddly and puffy robot. You made my ribs hurt, Ow!??