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Big Hero 6 review

Big Hero 6 is loosely based on the Marvel comic of the same name. The plot revolves around 14 year old boy genius Hiro Hamada, voiced by Ryan Potter, as he struggles to come to terms with the death of his older brother Tadashi.

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Hiro is accompanied by Baymax, a robotic nurse created by Tadashi before he died. Baymax, played by Scott Adsit, becomes sort of like a sidekick to Hiro, but he has a mission of his own. Baymax ultimately wants to guide Hiro through his grief.

The relationship between the two characters is what makes the movie memorable, but they’re not the only members of the team. As the name suggests, there are six heroes in the group. Joining Hiro and Baymax are Fred(Zilla), Honey Lemon, Go Go Tomago and Wasabi.

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While it may seem like an ensemble film, it’s really not. Hiro and Baymax take centre stage, with the other members of the team only really having small supporting roles. No one but Hiro has any form of character arc.

This lack of character development may hurt the popularity of the other members of the team, which is a shame considering how rarely you see smart capable young female scientists in movies.

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For some reason, even though the comic was set in Tokyo, the movie takes place in a fictional version of San Francisco that has been reconstructed by Japanese immigrants and renamed San Fransokyo.

The mix of Eastern and Western scenery was fun to look at, but it just seems so unnecessary to change the setting to America in the first place. The characters are also a mix between Japanese and American, though it tilts more towards American with Hiro and Go Go being the only members of the team with Japanese heritage. Although, for some reason Honey Lemon, who is American, occasionally sports a Japanese accent.

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Character design is reminiscent of other recent Disney films, like Frozen. Each character has their own unique look, which is great, but they don’t have that ‘just jumped off the page’ look that live action superhero movies strive for.

Pacing is also problematic, with two much of the film being dedicated to the origins of Hiro. This robs a lot of the running time from the current story, which is rushed but still has enough time to push past what you’d normally expect in a film aimed at children. Once the story finally gets going, it’s extremely entertaining and has a lot of heart without emotionally manipulating the audience.

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While it starts off slow, Big Hero 6 is definitely worth watching. The story is heartwarming and mature enough to keep adults entertained without losing the younger viewers.

What do you think? Have you read the Big Hero 6 comic? Are you doing to see the movie? Which is you’re favourite member of the team? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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