HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Apostle
Distant Voices, Still Lives
Hereditary
Cup Fever
Peril for the Guy
3 Days in Quiberon
Club, The
Best F(r)iends: Volume 1
Pili
Suspect, The
Baxter!
Dead Night
Thoroughbreds
Ghost and the Darkness, The
Strike Commando
Molly
Full Alert
Up the Academy
Darling Lili
Tehran Taboo
Follow That Bird
I, Olga Hepnarová
Finders Keepers
Breadwinner, The
All About Steve
Bad Samaritan
Dangerous When Wet
Us and Them
Rockula
King, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 2
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 1
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
Right Said Bernard: Cribbins on DVD
1969: The Year Westerns Couldn't Get Past
A Network Horror Double Bill: Assault and Death Line on Blu-ray
The Edie Levy: Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Ciao! Manhattan
   
 
  Big Hero 6 They Feel Your PainBuy this film here.
Year: 2014
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Stars: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Genesis Rodriguez, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Maya Rudolph, Abraham Benrubi, Katie Lowes, Billy Bush, Daniel Gerson, Paul Briggs, Charlotte Gulezian, Stan Lee
Genre: Comedy, Action, Animated, Science Fiction, Adventure
Rating:  8 (from 1 vote)
Review: Two robots are battling each other in a fight to total destruction: there can be only one victor. Although these machines are not particularly big, it has to be said, but there is a lot of money riding on who succeeds, and not legal money either for betting on battling robots is against the law in the city of San Fransokyo. That's not stopping young Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter) who presents his latest creation, he being a budding inventor, but it's such a small and simple-looking adversary that the man who has been gathering all the profits tonight laughs it practically out of the ring. However, he's not laughing when he's lost a couple of wads of cash, though Hiro isn't laughing when he gets chased away and the cops show up...

Fortunately for our, er, hero he has his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) to save his skin and now their parents have gone and they live with their aunt (Maya Rudolph) he must be the guiding force in his life, which isn't always easy. Big Hero 6 was different from the usual Marvel superhero flick in that it may have been based on one of their comic books, but it was not part of the overall Marvel Universe, making for a more standalone experience, and that was something in its favour if only because you didn't have to feel like homework was necessary before you settled down with it. In addition, while there was the compulsory comic book violence, it had a different tone to it rather than "wouldn't it be awesome to smash things up?"

Since here it may be awesome to discover a source of power you never knew you had, as a wise man said with great power comes great responsibility and there were always consequences of the action, just as that action was a consequence in itself. As another man said, with every laugh, a tear, and the creators here took that to heart by adopting the typical Disney route of placing a character beloved to the lead in peril, or in this case actually bumping him off, so no sooner has Tadashi set Hiro to using his technical know-how for good by fashioning microbots that can do whatever the wearer of its telepathic control headset orders, all to be admitted to a prestigious university, than Tadashi is killed in an explosion that razes the building to the ground.

What began as an endorsement for kids to use their brainpower in a useful fashion such as pursuing science is now an examination of the grieving process, for Hiro doesn't cope very well now his father figure has exited the scene without so much as a get out clause that saw Tadashi escape into a wormhole or whatever. But he did leave a surrogate for his care, and that's the nurse robot Baymax (impeccably voiced by Scott Adsit from sitcom 30 Rock), a large, inflatable machine that will attend to any medical needs, and that includes mental needs. When it is accidentally activated, he notes Hiro is having a tough time and opts to stay activated until he can be assured his health is back to acceptable levels, which is to say this was mostly a story about how compassion can be a great healer.

But what about the superheroes, you ask? This is a Marvel movie after all. They enter the plot when Tadashi's pals from the university are recruited by Hiro to assist in battling a villain, yup, heard it all before you'll be grumbling, but stick with this because it also ties into the theme of kindness and understanding as the best medicine a damaged soul can have. Not to spoil the story, but the villain has been terribly hurt and when a red mist descends on Hiro's thoughts about what he wants to do to him, that potential violence is not your average action movie vengeance that sees the bad guys murdered with righteous fury, for we're back with the consequences. Hiro tries to turn Baymax into a killer, and you don't have to have seen a ton of Disney movies to be aware that is no help to anyone, particularly a machine designed to look after people, not slaughter them on their master's command. With the other team members (one of whom has a magic handbag, really) well defined and an overall message of "we can work it out", Big Hero 6 was bright and resonant. Music by Henry Jackman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 900 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Paul Shrimpton
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
  Patrick Keenan
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
  Afra Khan
   

 

Last Updated: