By now we all know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but what about judging a movie by its title? Big Hero 6 (which hits shelves on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 24) sounds like a movie about a team of superheroes. Technically, it is. Based on a lesser known Marvel series, the film introduces us to a group of unlikely crime fighters in Japan, led by a teenaged boy named Hiro and his robot, Baymax.
But — spoiler alert — there’s very little evidence of this crime fighting group for the better half of the film’s beginning because Big Hero 6 is not really a superhero action movie at all. It’s the story of a young boy grieving the death of someone he loves and a cuddly robot (yes, you read that right — this guy is designed with marshmallow like puff around his mechanical core specifically to put people at ease) who helps him navigate the path to closure.
In other words? Big Hero 6 is one of those movies that, as they say on the interwebs, hits you in all the feels. You laugh. You do a lot of crying. And you come out on the other side with a reminder that what kids need most is not a show of strength but basic understanding.
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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are expressly my own.