At long last, the long-awaited day arrives! My first actual movie review! I know, I know you’re excited. Please try to contain it a bit? Okay, now that that’s out of the way, on to the movie! Our first review will be on Disney’s Big Hero 6.
What you need to know going in
This movie is really quite family friendly. It does depict mild violence and death. However, these are very tame in nature, though hard-hitting at the same time. All in all, it is very family friendly and offers very little in the way of dangerous material for child consumption. There are also scenes of gambling though, (only a couple at the very beginning) and it is cast in a very negative light.
How was the movie?
As far as quality goes, this film is second to none in the animated world. The voice actors are well cast, and the plot was coherent and deep. I would highly recommend it to people of all ages. It is a very good movie.
What was the movie’s worldview?
You might well ask, “What is this movie’s platform?” Everything is done without biases. We may pretend neutrality, but it is only ever a pretense. There can be no neutrality. So, what do this movie’s biases look like?
The movie, at its core, espouses secular, muliculturalistic ideologies. The city we are introduced to is called “San Fransokyo,” an obvious combination of “San Francisco” and “Tokyo.” This blending of an American city and a Japanese one is by no means innocent or unintentional. “Multiculturalism” is an ideology of the Left, which states that all cultures are created equal and are deserving of equal footing in any given place. This is dangerous because it makes societies let their guard down around a lot of dangerous cultures as well as friendly ones. Multiculturalism is a deep influence in the thinking behind this movie. There is also presented a “growing up” story for Hiro. He grows up before our eyes. There are also smaller themes including broken homes and grief.
What was the movie about?
As previously stated, the plot is largely a growing up story for our protagonist, Hiro. The movie opens with him acting selfishly in hustling his way into some money. Tadashi, acting as his conscience, swoops in to save the day and talk some sense into him. Hiro’s reckless behavior lands Tadashi in jail, which Hiro shows no remorse for. Tadashi takes Hiro to his school, and Hiro falls in love, designing a great, new technology to earn enrollment. After the exhibition of Hiro’s technology, a fire breaks out. Tadashi rushes in to try and save the professor at the university and dies. Hiro spends the rest of the movie, with his companion, Baymax, Tadashi’s robotic nurse, trying to get revenge on the person responsible for Tadashi’s death. Upon discovering that the professor himself is responsible for the fire, Hiro flies into a rage, trying to kill him. Soon, however, he realizes that this is a futile effort. He realizes revenge is not the answer. He begins making Tadashi-like choices, even attempting to help the professor reconcile his own need for revenge. By the end of the movie, Hiro is basically all grown up.
What does a Christian do with this?
This is not a bad movie. There are many good things to be derived from it. Christians should deal with the presence of multiculturalism in the movie by having an in-depth discussion about the pros and cons of that worldview. They should also appreciate the emphasis placed on the brotherly love between Tadashi and Hiro. Movies are the most effective teaching tools we have today. Let’s use them to our advantage, to Christ’s glory. Soli Deo Gloria.