People will fall in love with Baymax, a puffy robot with a big heart.
I am a big Disney fan, I have been since I was a little kid. Naturally when a new movie comes out, I am usually the first to run out and see it. But for this film I was a bit hesitant, because it was very different and the first trailers tell you very little about it. Disney has done this before with films like Wall-E and Wreck it Ralph and I ended up loving both of those movies, so I decided to give this movie a shot. I was very impressed by the visuals, the lovable characters, and the original plot. It is sure to be the next big hit for Disney, and a film that is perfect for kids to see. It will teach them many important lessons like; how important friends are, and that when times get tough don’t let them bring you down. It is a film that Disney fans of all ages will surely enjoy.
The movie takes place in San Fransokyo, a futuristic world full of bright lights and amazing architecture. Here we meet Tadashi and Hiro, two brothers who are both brilliant and live in a small apartment with their Aunt Cass. Tadashi goes to San Fransokyo Tech, which his brother Hiro loves to call “nerd school.” Hiro has a gift with robots, but only likes to use this in dangerous back alley robot fights. He is good at this, but it is not a safe place for him, and Tadashi knows it is not helping Hiro reach his full potential. Tadashi decides one night to trick Hiro into seeing his school up close. Hiro is amazed by what he sees, people making great strides in science and that he was wrong about this school. Tadashi introduces Hiro to his greatest creation, Baymax. He is a puffy robot who is simple, but his main function is to care about the well-being of others.
Hiro decides he has to go to this school, and his chance is in a expo that happens each year. Hiro creates something amazing that I refuse to spoil here, but trust me it is something that will dazzle and amaze you. He gets accepted to the school but shortly after, tragedy strikes. The entire building catches fire, and his brother and one of the professors die in the accident. This sends Hiro into a deep depression, one that seems to have no end to it. One day Baymax gets activated, and this brings a bit of joy to Hiro, but he still misses his brother. One day, they end up at a supposedly abandoned warehouse, where a strange man in a kabuki mask has made a terrible weapon. Who is this man? What are his diabolical plans? And is there anything Hiro and Baymax can do to stop them before it is too late?
Ryan Potter does a great job is Hiro Hamada. He is a character who is at that tough age for boys, when they are slowly becoming men. He is very bright, but he is not sure what to do with this knowledge. It is only through tragedy that he figures out what he needs to do, and will stop at nothing to reach this goal. This is one of the best characters in the film, and kids are sure to learn a lot from him. Baymax is the glue that holds this film together, and Scott Adsit does a wonderful job bringing him to life. He is a robot who doesn’t always say much, but everything he says or does is to help the people he cares about. He wants to do all he can to help Hiro in this difficult time, and brings a lot of comedy to this movie. The low battery scene is brilliant, and is sure to make you laugh until it hurts.
Allistair Krei is a character who is not what he appears to be, and Alan Tudyk does a wonderful job as him. He is a brilliant man, and someone who wants to help people, but is willing to take risks to achieve his goals. Keep an eye on him, and trust me he will surprise you. He was one of my favorite characters in this whole movie, and someone who helped bring the mystery to life. Another hilarious character is Fred, voiced expertly by T. J. Miller. He seems like a simple big kid comic book fan who is just going nowhere in his life. But keep an eye on him, he is sure to surprise you in so many ways, you want to see how then check out this movie.
The plot is very clever, and it is full of twists and turns. I loved how the film had that mystery element to it, from the moment you see the villain, you are sure to wonder who in the world are they? It is not only the motive, but the way this person is so powerful and can be so deadly if their goals come true. The soundtrack is also wonderful, with an original score that makes sure to fit each scene perfectly. I also loved the scenes where Baymax is able to fly, he not only helped take Hiro to amazing heights, but it was awesome to see all of San Fransokyo in all of its glory. It is hard to say what is better, seeing the city during the day or at night. I guess between the two, the night scenes are better in my eyes. To see the tall buildings lit up, and all of the neon lights was a real joy for me. It made me hope to one day get to see a future like this, but who knows when that could be.
But this is not just a film for Disney fans. It is based on a comic of the same name, and naturally has its super hero elements. To have a villain, and only one person to stop them is a very common theme. There are also a lot of comic references in it, and some jabs at the genres of Sci-Fi and comics. Those with a keen eye will notice these references, and I personally enjoyed finding them. There are some really great ones, and I just cannot spoil them, not matter how much I would like to. Be sure to keep an eye out, any comic fan will notice at least a few of them.
If you are looking for a good Sci-Fi movie to go see, your search is over. If you are trying to find a great movie to see with your kids, this is the film you should take them to see. If you are a comic book fan, run out to see this movie with your friends. It is a new direction for Disney to take, and they made it work.
Watch the Teaser below