Friday, November 7, 2014
The beautifully-polished but ultimately hollow Big Hero 6 screams for a dose of humanity.
Review by Matt CummingsThe machine that is Disney/Marvel brings us the animated feature Big Hero 6, which is based on the 6-issue comic book published in 2008. And while enjoyable, the film rings hollow and feels incredibly standard. Set in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) is a brilliant but troubled youth who would rather bet on robot battles in dark alleys than attend school. That's until his brother Tadashi (voiced by Daniel Henney) introduces Hiro to the world of cutting-edge robotics at his university. There, the boy is introduced to the Tadashi's nerd team of Honey Lemon, Go Go, Wasabi, and Fred (voiced respectively by Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung, Daman Wayans Jr, and TJ Miller). As the brothers concoct a brilliant idea in the tiny-sized Micro-bots, Hiro is met with unimaginable tragedy, leaving the lab and his life in ruins. Distraught, Hiro stumbles upon Tadashi's finest work: the inflatable but lovable medical robot Baymax (voiced by Scott Adsit). As the theft of his Micro-bots becomes known, Hiro assembles his lab friends to do battle against Yakai (voiced by James Cromwell), gifting each with powers taken from their lab experiments, and upgrading Baymax into a fierce warrior. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.