I can't make it to every event I'm invited to, so I sent my awesome neighbor Stephen and his gf to go check out the pre-screening for me!
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Short Spoiler Free Movie Review: Big Hero 6: Normally when it comes to a comic book movie, I'm chomping at the bit to see it like a little kid (Editor's Note: Those that know the author know that this is definitely true), but when it came to "Big Hero 6" I wasn't quite so sure. Having been a fan of comics since I could read (or at least had the ability to make sense of pictures), I was surprised to hear that "Big Hero 6" was actually based off of Marvel Comic's characters. This was news to me until I turned to the Source of All Knowledge for further enlightenment. Google helpfully pointed out that I'd actually seen the comic book years ago although it hadn't really registered. It is worth noting that while this is a Disney movie production of a Marvel comic, there isn't much emphasis on the fact that it is based on a Marvel comic (absent is the ubiquitous page turning "Marvel" logo during the opening credits), perhaps in a conscientious effort to not have this movie associated with the more unified and cohesive universe gradually established in the Iron Man and Avengers movies. Now that I've gotten those geeky little details out of the way I'll get on with my actual review which is what you, my dear readers, are here for.
Would an animated movie obviously aimed at children capture the interest of this 30-something man? Yes, yes it would. From start to finish, I was fully engaged and was pleased to see that--although this wasn't a Disney Pixar movie--there was an animated short called "Feast" that played before the main feature that focused on an adorable canine. After watching the short I wasn't surprised to learn that John Lasseter (known for Toy Story, Cars, and many other beloved Pixar movies) was the Executive Producer of both the short and the feature film. As for the feature film, the basic plot is one you've probably seen a million times about an orphaned boy genius becoming a reluctant hero and saving the world with the help of the colorful cast of characters that make up his motley crew. Without revealing too much (and at least maintaining the "spoiler free" aspect of my review since this probably won't count as "short"), all of the familiar themes and morals you might expect in a Disney movie are there in this family-friendly film and the film includes myriad allusions and shared elements with many other movies and stories such as Batman, Iron Man, Iron Giant, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and even the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy movie.. Heck, even the setting ("San Fransokyo") looks like a happier version of the futuristic city from "Blade Runner". That said, the movie is greater than the sum of its parts, and there was plenty of humor for all ages. The kids in the audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy it, and I *may* have even heard the seasoned veteran critic sitting next to me chuckle once or twice. The main star really is the tubby robot that features so prominently in the trailers. The animation was crisp and well rendered. The often round shapes reminded me of "Lilo & Stitch," and the soundtrack harkened classical music such as "Night on Bald Mountain" which was previously featured prominently in the Disney classic "Fantasia". In sum, I wholeheartedly recommend taking the family to see this movie. Just be sure to stay until the very end of the credits to be rewarded with a little something extra that won't be lost on my fellow Marvel fans. To say anything more would spoil it. 'Nuff said.
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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