Despite being released in the U.S in November of last year, Disney’s Big Hero 6 has only just yesterday (January 30th) been released in UK cinemas. I was lucky enough to score tickets to take my sister (with whom I share a love of movies about friendship and sibling bonding) to see a preview showing at the beginning of the month.
We had been looking forward to seeing this movie, set in the U.S-Japan fusion city of SanFransokyo, for months and I couldn’t turn down any chance to see it early.
If it was great, then everything would be great and we’d be delighted a the chance to see it early. If it sucked, then we’d at least learn early and get on with our lives without almost an extra month of suspense.
The very least I can say is that it did NOT suck. Not in the slightest.
Actually, this film quickly shot (even only minutes into the first viewing) to the top of our favourites list and is still with us now. With a perfect and occationally indistinguishable balance of humour and feels, endlessly quotable lines and loveable and memorable characters, this film was exactly what we wanted and so much more.
This film is a beautiful message about love, friendship, self-discovery and forgiveness that we both agreed is exactly what a film aimed at kids should teach. It showed the love and loyalty of siblings, the pain of loss, the turmoil of the grieving process, how to care for those in need of support, the power of friendship and how being a ‘nerd’ is actually really cool.
Each character was interesting enough that they could hold up their own movie, while fitting perfectly into their roles as supporting characters. Gone, I believe, are the days of forgettable and flat supporting characters who drift in and out without making that much of an impact. My sister and I find ourselves quoting the other characters just as much as the lead roles, and that’s fantastic.
Due to some careless spoilers stumbled across online, my sister and I already knew a key plot point near the start of the movie and we thought that might impact our viewing experience. Surprisingly enough, it didn’t actually spoil anything for us as the emotions were still as raw and shaking as they would have been otherwise. We actually kept forgetting about this point from being so wrapped up in the movie that, when we remembered, we honestly couldn’t believe it to be true and thought it was maybe a fake ‘trolling’ spoiler.
Even first thing in the morning, when the taste of toothpaste still overpowered our popcorn and coke, this movie took us in, captivated us from beginning to the very end (meaning the very VERY end, for the post-credit scene that only my sister and I believed would be there) and gave us so much more than we hoped for.
Hero and Baymax are the perfect duo, with Baymax caring for Hero and Hero teaching Baymax about the world (a nice hat-tip to The Terminator 2) and both helping each other to grow. This story tells us that it’s okay to love, have fun, not know what you want, follow your passion, feel pain, heal, lean on your friend and also make mistakes. It is, in mine and my sister’s opinions, a perfect ‘feel good’ film that reminds us that we’re all human and sometimes we need a big air-filled marshmallow robot to cuddle sometimes.
Now for the conclusions:
Overall enjoyment: I loved this film so much. It was a fantastic experience from beginning to end, with tears and laughter and good messages throughout.
Family friendly: This film is fantastic for people of all ages, great for families (some sensitive themes, but all handled well), solo movie-goers and friends. Great all-round!
Acting: Seriously, so much emotion in the voices and the animated acting was superb. It’s amazing how the beautiful facial animations and voice acting go together to make performances that you totally forget aren’t actually real people.
Visuals: This is a truly beautiful film with a friendly and futuristic look to it, and the incredible fusion between America and Japan is stunning.
Re-watchability: Well my sister and I have said ever day since seeing this film that we want to watch it again and are even planning our next cinema trip to see it again.
Thanks, Disney! We are satisfied with our care. Xx