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SIMPLE REVIEW: Big Hero 6

Alrighty then ladies and gents, time for another simple review where I tell you in under 1000 words whether a film is worth watching or not and today I’m talking about Big Hero 6. I have waited AGES to see since it was released in November in the US and add on top of that the limited early release the film got in the UK around 2-3 weeks ago. But that aside, I saw the film on Friday and I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The premise for the film can be described as the following:

The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

To put it simply, I really liked this film. What I appreciated about this film is its sense of fun. While watching the film I had a huge grin on my face and huge amount of satisfaction in my heart. The plot is a familiar one, but it has enough unique bells and whistles to stand on its own. This film deals with themes of revenge, family, the pain of loss and knowing when to do the right thing. Make no mistake, this is a superhero film with many nods and references to comic book codes and conventions and I really admired how self-aware the film was, it knew what it was and didn’t hide it. There is something for everyone with humour, heartfelt scenes and jokes that work for not only kids but adults as well.

The cast was also very good adding all the right levels of charisma and humour to their roles. Ryan Potter is very likeable as Hiro Hamada and the rest of his team consisting of Jamie Chung as GoGo Tomago, Damon Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi, Génesis Rodríguez as Honey Lemon ,and T. J. Miller as Fred provide ample amounts of fun and entertainment. I would say that Fred is my favourite though, he has some of the best moments in the film. But the real star of this film is Scott Adsit as Baymax (my man from 30 Rock). This inflatable healthcare robot is just the best, he is odd, cute, impracticable and even though he can’t emote, he has some of the most humourous and emotional scenes. Also James Cromwell was very good as Professor Robert Callaghan, Maya Rudolph adds her usual amount of charm as Aunt Cass and I really liked Daniel Henney as Tadashi Hamada and Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei.

And when it comes to the presentation MY GOD is it good. Visually all Disney films tend to be pretty, however this film, this film is on another level. The art design, lighting, colours and animation are all of the highest quality and it is just a beautiful to watch. The animation is slick, swift and really well done especially in the action sequences with all the wide shots, dynamic camera angles and tracking shots. Also can I just add that the world of San Fansokyo is just gorgeous and might be one of the most gorgeous-looking places that Disney have brought to life through animation, I would love just to see more of that world continued in a another film or possibly a TV series. The soundtrack by Henry Jackman is excellent, I’ve always liked his film scores and in this film he brings the appropriate amount of style, epicness, and drama needed to elevate the scenes where music is required.

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Overall Big Hero 6 is a very enjoyable film, the plot was good, the characters were great and the presentation was amazing. It is a film I highly recommend as it another great film from Disney and I would argue that it is their best work of recent times.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Big Hero 6 and if so what do you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Until the next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Let’s Be Cops Mini Review

Howdy people of the internet, time for another short review and today I’ll be talking about the comedy film, Let’s Be Cops. Now I saw the trailer for this back in June or July and thought it might be fun, then I heard about the bad reviews, and it was at that point when I decided that the film would not be worth my time… But since I went to the dentist and had a painful session, I needed something to cheer me up and this film was the only thing available at the time… Plus, I was desperate. And that’s how I ended up watching it.

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The story goes like this:

“It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line.”

All I can say is what a waste of a good premise. The idea of normal two men pretending police officers sounds like it has a the makings of a great comedy film, or at least a decent one, but not in this case. What we get is a series of interesting and humourous scenarios with the two main characters and some serious stuff happening around all of that as well. My two main issues with this film is that it wastes the opportunities for police pranks and when the film is trying to be funny, it rarely hits its marks. Besides a smile or a slight chuckle, this film had no laugh-out-loud moments, most of the verbal and physical humour is poor at best and the majority of it was shown in the trailers which makes their value even less in the film. In addition to that the story tries to mix light-hearted humour with meaningful storylines for the main characters, but the journey hardly gives me a reason to root for the heroes and by the end of the film when they’ve succeeded through their trials and tribulations it mean nothings because I wasn’t invested to begin with like a good comedy like 22 Jump Street which does a similar police-type film and does everything WAY better. And it also doesn’t help that the film was boring at points, I checked my phone twice! TWICE, that never happens unless I’m really not feeling the film, at one point I even wanted to walk about because I was that uninterested.

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When it comes to the cast it is a bit of a mixed bag. Jake Johnson isn’t all that funny as Ryan O’Malley. Ryan is a bit of a loser, he messed his life in the past and now he has nothing to do except drift around and be annoying. Not until he pretends to be a police guy, does he finally have an outlet in life and tries to do good, but also mess around. Johnson gets the best material to work with but I didn’t find him too funny. Damon Wayans, Jr. isn’t much better as Justin Miller. Justin is a guy who has dreams, but is stuck in a rut at his current job and once he too becomes a policeman he starts to enjoy the perks of the job, though he constantly questions the morality of his actions. Wayans definitely has the looks and similar style of charisma that makes his father such a joy to watch, unfortunately he doesn’t have the same charm and comedic timing and it also doesn’t help that his character is a bit of a wimp. The only other good performances come from Rob Riggle as Patrol Officer Segars, Andy Garcia as Detective Brolin, James D’Arcy as Mossi Kasic and a funny/sexy appearance from Natasha Leggero as Annie. And lastly Nina Dobrev as Josie and Keegan-Michael Key as Pupa were pretty forgettable.

In conclusion Let’s Be Cops has small moments of humour and good chemistry between the two main characters, but it is not nearly as funny as it should be and from beginning to end the film never capitalizes on the main idea of the main duo pretending to be policemen and that’s what really hurts. Your money would be well-spent elsewhere.

Rating: 5/10

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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