Big Hero 6 is the story of Hiro, a young genius in the fictional city of San Fransokyo (making for a uniquely stunning visual, a sort of hybrid between traditional Japanese culture and a modernised western city). He is an arrogant young man, and his older brother Tadashi encourages him to utilise his gifts better. Tadashi even goes as far to introduce him to his newest creation, Baymax, an inflatable robot designed to help people with medical care. However, after Tadashi is killed in a tragic fire, Hiro must cope and learn to use both his genius and to control his anger, all with a little help from a certain medical robot companion.
Prepare to fall in love with Baymax. Disney has succeeded in creating a wonderfully loveable character who will melt even the coldest, iciest heart. 30 Rock alumni Adsit imbues Baymax with a wonderful sense of warmth and innocence, but without ever becoming overbearing. Equally, Hiro who could easily have been overly smug or arrogant, and treads a fine line of likability that really helps to garner the required emotional investment from the audience.
One of the biggest achievements of Big Hero Six is the balance that the film manages to strike between touching, emotional moments, and genuinely hilarious moments of humour. Baymax in particular is responsible for many of the funny moments due to his literal understanding of the modern world. The support team that Hiro forms from his friends also provide much levity where needed and help create a really entertaining cast of characters.
While watching the film, there were a number of moments I found myself comparing it to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. I appreciate this is something of an abstract comparison, but in the final 20 minutes the reason for this becomes clear, and as such I don’t want to spoil anything. Also, Baymax reminds me of what I feel Nolan was attempting to do with TARS, but in a much more simplified fashion. Certainly something to bear in mind while watching.
Big Hero 6 is a wonderful and brilliantly executed family film. It has a consistently light, but also incredibly engaging, tone and a fantastic storyline. The jokes are spot on without ever veering into cynicism, and the visuals are stunning. This honestly might be one of the best Disney films of recent memory, and introduces one of the most lovable characters Uncle Walt has ever brought to life. A truly special film.