FEATURE FRIDAY | BIG HERO 6
Welcome to another installment of Feature Friday, in which we share with you some of our favorite Movies & TV shows! When we first were dating one of the things we bonded over was chatting about some of our favorite shows. We’ve found that is the same for a lot of our couples too! So, every now and then, we will showcase a different movie or show and share some of the reasons why we recommend it and the things that we really like about it. So be sure to tune in, check out some of our favorites, and maybe even turn it into a date night with your fiance! Make dinner or order in and tune in to watch one of our favorites.
This week: Big Hero 6
Spoiler alert: Big Hero 6 starts off SAD. Like Bambi’s mom, Carl’s wife, horse from Never-Ending Story, Marley & Me, “He can’t see without his glasses” sad. But out of that bit of existential despair comes one of the most purely fun movies we’ve seen in a long time. Big Hero 6 is (loosely) based on a Marvel Comics series of the same name about Hiro Hamada, who turns himself, his friends (GoGo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and… Fred), and his brother’s medical robot into the titular superhero team to take on a mystery man in a kabuki mask who is using nanobots to try to kill them.
The real standout here is the robot, Baymax, voiced by 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit in one of the best voice performances of the last decade. Baymax looks like the lovechild of EVE and the Michelin Man, and his only function is to provide healthcare until Hiro turns him into a weapon, both literally and figuratively. Speaking maybe a quarter-notch beyond monotone, Adsit manages to imbue Baymax with a ton of personality; incredibly intelligent medically, but constantly curious about the complexities of human emotions. The whole movie is great, but Baymax is its biggest highlight.
The main plot is fairly standard superhero movie fare, which – coming from someone who loves (most) superhero movies – sounds like more of a criticism than it actually is. The plot isn’t really the point here, as the real focus here is on the relationships between the characters and the remarkable world-building done by Walt Disney Animation Studios. This is a near-future sci-fi story set in the city of San Fransokyo, which seemlessly integrates the cultures of the modern cities that make up its name. It’s just so… shiny.