Big Hero 6: Movie Review

"Big Hero 6" doesn't shake the all too familiar superhero origin story but this doesn't mean its not worth seeing. In fact, while "Big Hero 6" did take the road more traveled, it did enough new things to make it truly worth a look at. Simple, colorful and most importantly wittily funny, "Big Hero 6" is the perfect mix of your typical Marvel superhero action with a touch of youthful charm.

Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) learns to harness his inner genius no thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and his like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Génesis Rodríguez) and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion — a robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit) — and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve who the mysterious Kabuki-masked villain is.

Story-wise, "Big Hero 6" isn't revolutionary. It's all too familiar territory to the point that it's quite easy to predict who our heroes are up against. While the predictable story could easily put up major red flags, in this case it doesn't. The key factor here is how the film found ways to incorporate deep feelings into the story. What you get is a roller coaster ride of emotions. From laugh out loud moments to teary-eyed scenarios, the film has it all. Surprisingly, most of this emotional pull is brought up not by a human character but by the robot Baymax - a performance that could even rival Wall-E. Visually speaking, the film is a hoot to look at. The East meets West style itself had its charm but it is also astounding to see how realistic the visuals and animations are. There were numerous times were things looked real that we had ourselves doubting if we were watching a computer-animated film. "Big Hero 6" brings another set of superheroes successfully into the fray. It's funny, it's flashy and ultimately splendidly enjoyable.

Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- Baymax brings and carries the film with his witty charm
- East meets West visuals are perfectly crafted and animated

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the origin story brings nothing new into the mix

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