Movie: Big Hero 6
My Rating: 4 stars
I kinda loved this movie. And, I really wasn’t expecting to with how empty of content all of the trailers were. The TV commercials revealed practically nothing about the story, so I was about to write this one off as being another saccharine, plotless, kids movie. But, my brother assured me that this was a good movie. And, he’s never steered my wrong before, so I was happy to go see this one with him in the theater. Of course, kids will definitely enjoy the movie, too. But as an adult, I found a lot to like about it, and you know how difficult to please I am.
This is a superhero movie. But, I like that it’s a superhero movie about smart kids who work hard and create their own powers through their hard work and inventions. No sniveling, spoiled brats who were bitten by a radioactive gopher, and then pout about all their new, undeserved responsibilities. These kids are proactive, and brave, and are ready to take on the world! (And, they’re very ethnically diverse!!) They cultivate their “powers” in order to go out and do good in the world. It’s a good example for a new generation of bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, young learners. But, aside from the basic storyline, the movie is also very visually impressive too—lots of action and robots, and sassy college kids getting into wholesome, but sometimes dangerous, trouble. It’s good, clean fun.
Hero is a precocious, young science prodigy. He’s dropped out of school (junior high maybe?), but has been making extra cash in the underground, robot-fighting circuit. He’s actually been hustling the big dogs, with his youthful looks, and unassuming little robot. But, his older brother has bigger plans for him. He wants him to get a college degree and make something of himself. So he introduces Hero to all his super hip, robot-building classmates, and arranges for this little science whiz to get accepted to the program. And, of course Hero’s in love with the school. But, the experimental science industry has always had an uncomfortable relationship with big industry. So, Hero and his friends are going to have to make some difficult decisions when one of the biggest corporations in town comes knocking, offering a tempting contract.
But, this movie is about way more than that. It’s about the future, and family, and friendship, and invention. It’s pretty great. I definitely recommend watching this one, because it was way more than I was expecting. It’s probably out of theaters by now. I cut it pretty close, seeing in in theaters when I did. But, it should be coming out pretty soon for rental. So, make sure you see this one.