But for Hiro, it’s not as simple as writing an essay about his summer vacation to get into this college. The university requires him to come up with something to wow the program’s professor. Hiro’s answer are tiny robots that can be controlled by thought. Hiro believes that the microbots could be useful for things like transportation and construction, and his demonstration of those possibilities is one of the film’s most memorable scenes. That demo sets off a bidding war between people who want to develop the technology commercially, and those who want it for science.
Big Hero 6 is ultimately enjoyable but it can be frustrating. If you’re expecting city-destroying robot fights the likes of Transformers, you won’t find them here. And likewise if you’re looking for some real chemistry and believable friendships between a group of unlikely heroes, that’s not quite here either. Where Big Hero 6 succeeds, and succeeds big, is in the friendship between Hiro and Baymax. They’re an odd couple and their relationship explores the need for companionship. That Disney manages to pull that off with an inflatable talking robot is better than any special effects you’ll see on screen.
Big Hero 6 opens up in theaters Friday, November 7th.