Royal Reviews: Movie Review: ‘Big Hero 6’

The comic company Marvel continues to expand its catalog of film adaptations with one of its lesser known titles, “Big Hero 6.” The film follows Hiro, a young prodigy living in the fictional city of San Fransokyo. When a freak accident kills someone he loves, Hiro gathers his friends and sets out to seek vengeance on the one he thinks is responsible.

The film is aimed more at children than adults, so the quest for vengeance obviously does not maintain its original bloodthirsty vibe. Instead the film falls back on themes of friendship and self-discovery, aided by some annoyingly convenient plot devices.

Review by Nat Edson, Staff Writer
Review by Nat Edson,
Staff Writer

The group of friends forge themselves into superheroes when Hiro builds them all advanced combat suits that give them abilities like laser swords, fire-breath and really, really fast roller skates. I know it sounds weird, but that last one is probably the coolest.

Unfortunately, this brings me to my first complaint about the movie. Before I get started let me say I’m obviously aware this is an animated movie whose chief demographic is children. Nevertheless, there are some pretty glaring flaws with the logical portion of the plot in this movie.

Simply put, the utter lack of acknowledgement of the advanced technology present in the setting is incredibly jarring. For example, the super-powered combat suits are ridiculous. I’m not saying they couldn’t or shouldn’t exist, but they aren’t given enough explanation for their creation. It certainly doesn’t seem like it was very hard for Hiro to make them, especially since they all involved technology his friends had already made. Why hasn’t anyone tried to do this before?

Maybe it’s just that Hiro is beyond brilliant. After all, near the beginning of the film he invents micro-bots: tiny, flying robots that are super-strong and indestructible. These micro-bots would completely revolutionize the way we do literally everything if they existed in real life, but the movie glazes over them as something nifty a kid built in his garage.

There are more things like this in the film from science experiments with no actual goal (like shooting a person through a portal when we knew the portal works at the other end is still in the lab) to insensible safety standards (like the only warning about an invisible laser death grid being a striped line on the ground two feet away).

It would be unfair to say the movie as a whole was bad because of these things, and to be perfectly honest, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I actually want to see it again. The writing was clever, the characters were all enjoyable and the art style was really fun to look at. Add it together, and I recommend seeing it without hesitation.

Just be aware, large portions won’t make any sense at all.

3 out of 5 stars.