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November 15, 2014

Movie : Big Hero 6 (2014)

Filed under: Hollywood Movies — Tags: , , — krishnafromtoronto @ 4:31 pm

imagesDisney has certainly gotten much better at storytelling since their days just before taking over Pixar, when they were briefly stumbling. This story is good too. It has all the fun elements, and you see at the end that Disney clearly wants to make this into a franchise that can keep on giving.

The story is endearing and will appeal to mass audience and geeks alike. The corny thing is the name of the city San Fransokyo? Come on! And parts of it, which are supposed to look like Tokyo end up looking like the China Towns in western cities during Chinese New Year time. But we can forgive these lapses because the story is good.

Hiro Hamada is a young boy prodigy whose brother Tadashi is also a genius. Hiro spurns the normal aspirations of success for geeks and is busy participating in robot fights (something like chicken fights, illegal but flourishing in alleyways). He gets nearly lynched when he wins big against a local mafia don but is rescued by his brother, who is in a Technical University. We learn in passing that their parents died in an accident and they live with their aunt Cass (I guess it is the San Frans part of the story).  Tadashi agrees to take Hiro to the next robot fight himself, but has to “stop by his university to pick up something”. This is a trap.

While at the university, Hiro gets to see Tadashi’s work. He hurts himself accidentally, and out comes this inflatable robot nurse called Baymax (sly reference to Betamax?) whose mission it is to heal and help people be happy. He is the one you see in all the posters. Tadashi also reveals that the entire brain of Baymax is in an insertable circuit board that goes into Baymax’s heart area (Nice touch, the choice of the area).

When Hiro sees Tadashi’s colleagues including Gogo Tomago, Honey Lemon, Wasabi and Fred (all nicknames except the last, of course) and the whole lot of cool techno gadgetry they get to play with, he realizes that his robot fighting obsession is no match for the real thing and now he wants to join the university. Mission accomplished, for Tadashi. But in order to achieve his dream, Hiro has to pass an interview, which includes demonstrating his technical prowess in a kind of a show and tell exam in the university.

He does it in flying colours, showing off an impressive nanobot technology called microbots. (Here it gets confusing for a geek. Is it nano or micro? It cannot be both. And the technology is not nanobotics as these pieces are huge from a nano scale. Never mind…. Professor Callaghan is so impressed that he offers Hiro a spot in the college. Also impressed is industrialist Allistair Cray, who offers him millions for selling his technology. Hiro rebuffs him, much to the delight of Professor Callaghan.

He gets accepted in the university (“nerd school”) and after the celebrations, they see a fire break out in the college. Knowing Professor Callaghan is in, Tadashi rushes in to save him but an explosion kills everyone in the lab. Tadashi is dead.

While mourning for his brother, Hiro discovers that Baymax was in Tadashi’s room after all. One microbot is kept by Hiro and it suddently twitches “as it’s instinct is always to join the others”. But Hiro knows every other microbot is destroyed in the explosion so this must be broken. When Baymax suggests that it is trying to go somewhere, he says ‘then why don’t you go and find out where?’ in frustration and is horrified, later, to see that Baymax is obeying his commands! He rushes after Baymax to stop him but stumbles into a factory full of microbots being made. He realizes that the fire was no accident and Cray must have engineered it to get possession of what he could not legally get his hands on. A masked man comes after him and he barely escapes alive. There is a hilarious scene where Hiro tries to lodge a police complaint with a drunk looking (battery down) and partially deflated Baymax.

Baymax sees Hiro’s distress and as he is programmed to do whatever is good for those under his care, decides to communicate with friends to come to the help of Hiro and Tadashi’s colleagues really do. They go in search of the  masked man. How they find who the masked stranger is (a twist like the ones you have now come to expect in all Disney movies) and how he enhances the powers of each one of his colleagues including Baymax and how they take on the supervillain is the rest of the story.

In the end, when Baymax sacrifices himself to save Hiro and another person, you kind of say ‘I knew it’ but it still is a poignant moment. But again, there is another cute twist to that story as well.

Nice, but if you compare this to Pixar’s superhero movie The Incredibles, I think the Pixar version is still better. Even if you compare this crew’s previous effort, Frozen is a lot better.

 

That said, this is entertaining, and fun to watch and is a really good family movie.

Let us say a 7/10

  • – Krishna

 

 

 

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