Rating : 7.7
This is a film that won an Oscar for “Best Animated Feature Film” in 2015 upon it’s release. It is immediately obvious why when you sink into this film. Surprisingly, this is actually another Marvel Creation, there is a ‘Big Hero 6’ comic books series that ran for ten years before the film was made. The setting is a fictional construct : San Fransokyo. A mash-up of San Francisco and Tokyo, the creation of this came from real-world geography. They took the general layout and mapping of the city of San Fran and added the aesthetics of Tokyo to create a unique blend.
The cast is a mix of a few familiar faces, and some brand new ones. We have New Girls ‘Damon Wayans Jr.’ and Bridesmaids ‘Maya Rudolph’ and my personal favourite….. Silicon Valleys ‘T.J Miller’. Our protagonist ‘Hiro’ is played by new-comer ‘Ryan Potter’.
Our story begins with a rambunctious and delinquent of a boy called “Hiro” (yes i think the producers purposely threw in this nod to the classics : The Iliad, Odyssey etc..) who is an incredibly gifted young boy, technology being his main area of interest / expertise. We see his relationship with his brother in detail and snippets of his aunt who’s raised them (as their parents died years previous.) The two brothers, closely knitted together in the opening scenes.
When a catastrophe strikes, he loses his way, and has to find his way back to normality and accepting the changes in his life. Psychologically its a little interesting as our protagonist goes through several of the many stages of grief and trauma, suppression & sublimation in particular. There’s also a little something that resonates with the whole “From the ashes” with the scene that sets the plot in motion.
As promised…. the ridiculously stunning animation. It’s very easy to see how this won an Oscar.
There is a little bit of an ‘trippy acid’ aesthetic happening. It’s a surprisingly great film to watch stoned as you’ve got stunning scenes (like below for example), action, some laughs and a hell of a lot of robotics. There are several points when you are a little taken aback by the visuals, that “woooooah” reaction is a repeated reaction.
We also get to examine some pretty sweet scientific experiments and machines.
The direction is also something to hail, with specific moments flitting to superslow (as if Slow Mobious from Rick & Morty crossed into this multiverse) the way the movements are controlled really draws the viewer in, and your submerged pretty quickly into Hiro’s world.
There’s struggles, both physical and emotional. The friendly robot Baymax provides the majority of the humour in this film, a little reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Groot. (Although Baymax can actually speak more than three words, their temperaments and demeanor’s ring similarly and extract a similar emotional response from the viewers.
Along with a fair bit of self-reflection. This is actually a film that all ages can enjoy, It’s a solid movie to throw on when your babysitting, or with friends or when smoking up, fairly versatile and when you rewatch it, you pick up on the more subtle but clever trains of thought and thought-processes knitted into the script.
aaaand lastly, some tipsy / sleep-deprived times.
So dive in, and expect a bit of a rollercoaster, again this is a film that could be in several categories due to its versatility. One thats very much worth the watch.