(The Disneycember logo is shown, before showing clips from Big Hero 6)
Doug (vo): Ever since the movie came out, everyone's been telling me, "You gotta see Big Hero 6! You gotta see Big Hero 6! All the critics love it, all the audiences love it! It's been the #1 movie for a couple weeks! It's just incredible! Oh, my God! Fucking Big Hero 6!" Naturally, I got pretty excited to see Disney do kind of a superhero film, as when I really thought about it, I don't think we've actually seen one from them. I mean, we've definitely seen heroes in their movies, but not as much comic book characters. I paid my ticket, went on in, and let me tell you, I have never felt an overwhelming sensation that a film was 100%: OK. It's...honestly hard to think of what else to even say about it. It's OK. How's the fighting? It's OK. How are the characters? They're OK. How are the visuals? They're OK. To be honest, I'm really dumbfounded why so many people are talking about this film. It's not bad, it's not good, it's just...OK. It's about the most standard superhero film I've seen in a while. Not that it has nothing new, it's just...all the new stuff is...OK.
Doug (vo): The film takes place in the future with a boy named Hiro. Hiro is a boy genius who has an older brother who's also a boy genius. But Hiro is also walking that thin line of applying himself to do great things, or just using it to benefit himself. So his brother introduces him to a team of other super geniuses, and he decides he wants to be a part of it. But to get into the school that they're all in, he has to win this competition. Sure enough, he comes up with an invention that wins everybody's eye, but loses everything in a fire including his brother. A long time later, he comes across one of his brother's inventions named Baymax. Baymax is kind of like a one robot hospital. He's designed to help people who are in physical, or even mental pain. But sure enough, Hiro sees an opportunity to put this machine to good use. When he sees there's a masked villain who's using his invention for evil, it's up to Hiro, Baymax, and his newfound team of geniuses to not only find out what's going on, but to do it as, what else? A super team.
Doug (vo): I'm not gonna lie. Literally, I predicted who was gonna die, who was gonna be the villain, and even how the movie was gonna end. I wouldn't usually mind as it's more part of the journey, but this movie seemed really bent on surprising us with its twists as well as its comedy. And both were unbelievably predictable. It was really strange to see all these characters that seemed to be designed well, but I felt like I've seen them in a million other projects. You got the stoner loser, you got the hyper geek, you got the cool one who chews the bubble gum. And most of their dialogue is just centered around the fact that they're making catchphrases that they're gonna repeat later. And when they do, it is so forced. And don't get me wrong, I know a lot of these superhero stories have a lot of that traditional manipulation; saying catchphrases, defeating super villains, all that good stuff. But superhero films have come a long way recently. Movies like Batman, The Dark Knight, and, of course, all the incredible Marvel movies that are coming out now which, ironically, this is a part of, are lightyears beyond what this movie is trying to do.
[Scenes mostly focusing on Hiro and Baymax are shown]
Doug (vo): The only thing that sticks out about it at all, which I guess is kind of traditional Disney, is the relationship between Hiro and Baymax. It's cute, simple, and never seems to go too forced. Baymax seems to keep to his exact programming yet we still feel something for him. It's not like he breaks it and says he wants to be human or something, he just stays the exact being that he's supposed to be. The best parts of the movie are with him trying to help Hiro deal with his loss. When the movie focuses on that element, it's good, but when it tries to actually be a superhero film, it's kind of dull. It's not like there's no imagination put into it, it's just imagination I've seen in a million other places. It's not like I didn't see characters, I just kind of saw characters that were ten years behind the curb. But like I said, I can't think of anything that was awful, it was just kind of predictable, and kind of been done before. Like...a lot.
[The film's setting is shown]
Doug (vo): Even San Frantokyo*: what an idea combining these two cities together. But I mean, look at it, it's...creative, it's not lazy or anything, but, doesn't it also kind of look like a million other futuristic cities you've seen before, with a million other characters you've kind of already seen before? Maybe if they kept it more simple, just focusing on the boy and the robot, I would've enjoyed it a lot more.
[*Actually, it's pronounced San Fransokyo, but close enough.]
Doug (vo): As is, it's just...all right. Nothing terrible, nothing spectacular, just...all right. But maybe that's not what you'll think. Maybe you'll go and see it as spectacular, like the majority of people do. Fair enough. There's nothing really that bad in it. Maybe I'm just not the right person who can see the greatness in it. If you're really curious, check it out for yourself.
[The scene where Hiro and Baymax are testing out their flight power is shown]