I recently got to watch the Marvel/Disney Superhero movie Big Hero 6. This is a different type of Marvel movie: it comes from a Marvel comic and is animated by Disney. This is the chance for Disney to show their recent acquisition of Marvel comics/Marvel Entertainment is going to be a good thing, and not just bloat profits for the mouse. So…how do I think they did?
First off, I admit the movie came out some time ago, and has been out on DVD for some time now, so I haven’t been overly diligent in seeing the movie. Truth is, I don’t know the comic or the characters and I haven’t even researched them before writing this. Which I think is a good thing, since I’m giving you this review without previous knowledge of the source material, instead of comparing it to said source material. I’m reviewing only the movie on its own merits.
The movie tells of a young genius name Hiro who invents robots. He’s introduced to his older brother’s college friends and decides to build robots in the college. Then his brother is killed due to the machinations of a super-villain and Hiro and friends become Big Hero 6, a group of super-heroes. That’s the plot, which isn’t too complicated. In fact, it isn’t complicated at all. Nor is it anything new. Yet it works wonderfully! The key is the same thing that makes all the other Marvel movies work so well: this movie has a lot of heart! It isn’t just action and gizmos and neat effects. It is a touching story of a boy who lacks direction in his life and has survived a lot of tragedy. Hiro may be the most tragic Marvel movie character yet, in fact. Seeing his journey and triumph is uplifting and fun!
I hope there are more movies about Hiro. Big Hero 7 perhaps?