Big Hero 6: Are You Satisfied With Your Care?

Hello everyone! For this week’s movie club we have the latest Disney venture, Big Hero 6.

BIG HERO 6

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DIRECTOR: Don Hall, Chris Williams

STARRING: Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Daniel Henney, T. J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans, Jr., Génesis Rodríguez, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell, Maya Rudolph

GENRE: Superhero, Action, Comedy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, comes Big Hero 6, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst big-hero-six-e1415145924663of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

I’m not exactly sure why it took so long for me to finally watch Big Hero 6. I’m not really into Disney, but I try to watch any film that earns an Oscar. Overall, the film is a beautiful film about grief and growing up. Hiro is a likeable yet annoying child prodigy protagonist, but his helpful companion Baymax picks up the slack. I have to give props to the voice cast as with each Disney film in recent years they embodied their characters with theirs voices, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

big-hero-sixBig Hero 6 was decent and all, but should have not won the Oscar. It only won due to the Academy snubbing yet another fantastic film (no mentions/plugs here). I would like to point out that Big Hero 6 does have some lo brow humor, which is expected of course. The film does get dark at one point, tackle the touchy subject of murder. View at your discretion (watch it).

PROS:

  • Likeable characters
  • Cool setting.
  • BAYMAX!
  • Murder… 🙂

CONS:

  • Doesn’t deserve the Oscar.
  • Lo brow humor.

SCORE: 8.0 /10

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Maleficent: Angelina Jolie in a Disney Film?

Hello everybody! This week we have another dark adaptation of a Disney film, Maleficent.

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STARRING: Angelina Jolie, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple. Lesley Manville

GENRE: Fantasy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom – and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.

The grown-up subtexts here include sexual assault and, unavoidably, Jolie’s own double mastectomy, which occurred shortly before Maleficent filming and which must have informed the fury of her performance when she discovers her mutilation and betrayal. Jolie, despite her excessively angular cheekbones (is that makeup or computer effects?), makes Maleficent a compelling, sympathetic figure. And the story, despite bouts of laziness and abrupt shifts of tone, mostly works. But the look of the movie is depressingly familiar. Director Robert Stromberg is a visual effects veteran, and he goes way overboard with the CGI effects. Maleficent’s stomping grounds are gorgeously rendered, but nonetheless rendered rather than filmed.

This Disney live-action folly is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty aimed at that sector of the princess-loving preteen market that prefers its fairies a little more gothic. Like the stage musical Wicked, it’s a revisionist tale of a mythical femme maudite who turns out simply to be mistreated and misunderstood. Like Jessica Rabbit, Angelina Jolie’s fairy is not bad, just drawn that way. She also happens to be named Maleficent, which – however sweet-natured she may be at heart – is bound to give people the wrong idea.

Maleficent desperately tries to create a character whose motivation you will understand and empathize with. But the screenplay and direction are such a tangled, thorny patch of conflicting ideas that it’s hard to tell what that motivation is supposed to be. Maleficent has been made cuddly, a wicked witch who introduces a young girl to the fairy world just beyond her realm, but on both a narrative and thematic level this feels like a worse betrayal than Stefan clipping her wings. Maleficent was a character so furious and powerful that she transformed herself into a fearsome dragon; in this movie she’s happy to just make her lackey do it. It’s that lack of strength that makes Maleficent even more damnable; in 2014 the Mistress of All Evil is just another victim.

PROS:

  •  Angelina Jolie’s performance.
  • Tangled but workable script.

CONS:

  • Maleficent just isn’t that evil anymore.
  • Tangled direction.
  • Too much CGI.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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