Duets: Big Hero 6 and Interstellar

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Another Duet for you guys today—although I have to admit that I feel kind of guilty about making mini reviews out of the two of these because they’re both great. They deserve solos, not just a duet! So forgive me for cutting corners. There’s just too much stuff out right now…which is basically the best problem ever. 🙂 Anyway, let’s sing a duet!

Big Hero 6

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Synopsis: “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.” –www.imdb.com

The High Notes:

  • The vibrant animation. Filled with inventive superpowers and gadgets, a few epic battles/chases, and some nice views of the Japafornian (or Californese?) city of “San Fransokyo,” Big Hero 6 is every bit as impressive as you’d expect a Disney/Marvel collaboration to be.
  • The touching, funny story. Of course, that’s usually to be expected from Disney, but some of the feels in this one are almost UP level (see me gush about that here), and there are undoubtedly some hilarious moments—most of them involving…
  • BAYMAX. Oh my gosh. This guy is easily one of the most lovable robots to ever grace the big screen. He’s just this big, squishy, hilarious sweetheart who is there for our hero, Hiro (see what I did there), during a tough time in his angsty teenage life. Voiced perfectly by Scott Adsit, Baymax steals the show with a ridiculous number of endearing moments, including an attempt at a fist bump explosion that you will never, ever forget.

The Low Notes:

  • I’m getting a little tired of Disney putting its young heroes through the ringer. I feel like I’m not ruining anything by telling you that Hiro’s (Ryan Potter) parents are dead, and he suffers various other tragedies throughout the film. It adds emotional depth to the film, sure, but I can’t help wondering what the heck Disney has against whole, happy families. Surely every kid’s backstory doesn’t have to be painfully depressing to be interesting…right?
  • It follows a pretty familiar plotline. Boy is a nerdy loner. Boy meets adorable life-changing friend. Boy makes more friends. Boy saves the world. Wait, is this Big Hero 6 or How to Train Your Dragon (which I freak out about here)? It’s still a fun story, but there are definitely moments of “been there, done that.”
  • If you’re sick of superhero movies, you might not have much fun with this. After all, superheroes have taken over our movie theaters and are well on the way to ruling our televisions, too. Don’t get me wrong—I still love ‘em, but the word “oversaturated” still comes to mind.

The Staccato Version: I wasn’t sure what to think when I started seeing trailers for Big Hero 6, but it’s absolutely everything you could hope for from a feel-good Disney movie. It’s as hilarious and heartfelt for kids as it is for grown-ups. Does it tread familiar territory? Perhaps. But it treads that territory with Baymax the robot, so I’ll give it some leeway.

My Grade: A-

Interstellar

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Synopsis: “A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.” –www.imdb.com

The High Notes:

  • The extremely cool visuals—and I’m not just talking about the space stuff. Yes, the space stuff is crisp and clear and all spacey and awesome (much like last year’s Gravity), but the sights on good ol’ Earth don’t disappoint either. Set in a pretty grim future, Interstellar shows our planet as one giant Dust Bowl (Dust Sphere?) complete with devastating dust storms. The film may be set in the future, but it gives the story a really neat retro vibe.
  • You can’t say the Nolan brothers (writer/director Christopher and writer Jonathan, respectively) don’t know how to tell a story. This kind of reminded me of Inception (see my write up here) in that it brings all of these people and pieces together in ways that you don’t expect. It’s an impressive mishmash of space epic and family drama that somehow manages to work—and work well, too.
  • The all-star cast. Matthew McConaughey continues his streak of award-worthy performances with a great turn as leading man Cooper, an intelligent ex-engineer forced into farming out of necessity. He’s a relatable guy who understands the importance of his mission, but he’s heartbroken by what he has to leave behind. McConaughey undoubtedly carries the film, but when you’re backed up by a cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine (plus another heavy hitter who pops up about halfway through), you’re in good hands. Also, shoutout to Bill Irwin, who plays delightfully funny TARS the robot. He’s a highlight of this film. Where did all of these awesome robots come from?!

The Low Notes:

  • The length. At a daunting (and sometimes slow-paced) 2 hours and 49 minutes, Interstellar is not for the fidgety movie-goer. It truly is an epic, which also means it’s a commitment. That didn’t bother me so much, but I’d still advise you not to purchase a ticket unless you’re prepared to settle in for awhile.
  • The science will probably go way over your head. The Nolans, bless their hearts, try to explain some of the crazy, impossible stuff that happens in this film, but in the end, it was just easier for me to say, “Okay. So worm holes are just like floo powder? Or apparating?” For those in the dark, I just dropped some Harry Potter on you. In other words, the science in this film seems less science and more magic. You won’t understand it, but it sure will look cool.
  • The ending. Things get pretty trippy, and then the very end just seems to happen too quickly and too easily. For fear of spoilers, that’s all I shall say.

The Staccato Version: Interstellar may not be Nolan’s best effort, but, honestly, that speaks volumes about Nolan as a director because this is still a dazzling effort. The film could, perhaps, be accused of overreaching intellectually, but its creative story, stunning visuals, and strong cast all make for a gripping epic. Oh, and TARS. We mustn’t forget TARS. Seriously, this post is all about the awesome robots.

My Grade: A-

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41 thoughts on “Duets: Big Hero 6 and Interstellar

  1. Both of these are great movies! Great reviews, Cara. Now I just need to write my Interstellar review that I have been pushing back for the last two weeks … :-/

  2. I wasn’t the biggest fan of ‘Interstellar’ I thought it was too long and while attending to be clever, was filled with silly plot holes! The pic looked great on IMAX though! Nice review!

    • Thanks, friend! Yeah I could see how it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I’m just crazy about Nolan. Lol. I’m jealous of everyone who saw it in IMAX!! I bet it was crazy cool!!

  3. To me Interstellar is the best of Nolan’s. I absolutely adored it. It was such an experience. Not just a movie. But you’re right, the science stuff messed my head but it didn’t really matter because I was so engaged anyway. One of the best films ever made, I think.

    • Oh wow! You REALLY liked this one, huh? Lol. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much, lady! Personally, I still think some of Nolan’s other stuff trumps it (Inception and The Dark Knight come to mind), but it’s still a great film. 🙂

  4. Fun duets today Cara, some big titles here for sure. Some even with it *in* the title, look how clever I am!!! 😀

    I am wanting to see Big Hero 6 more and more, actually, The positivity just keeps flowing in!

    As for Interstellar, I think we are eye-to-eye on it. It gets a bit big for its britches but man what a journey and what a concept. I think in order for me to have properly reviewed it, though, I feel like I might have afforded myself a second viewing before I wrote anything. So much shit going on in there.

  5. Excellent work here lady, as always.

    “So worm holes are just like floo powder?” – OMG YES!!!!!!!!!!!! So much win here.

    While not the best Nolan flick, I enjoyed the hell out of it. I am glad that you did, too. I don’t think that I will be going to see Big Hero 6. Again, you know how it is trying to get me to watch an animation and all that. Glad you enjoyed it though.

    #teamnolan

    • Heck yeah Team Nolan!!!! Yes, I could not resist an HP reference in my review. It just seemed…right. Hahaha. You know, I’m not sure how you’d feel about Big Hero 6 as a whole, but I am 1,000% positive you’d adore Baymax. So I wouldn’t right it off completely. 😉

      • HP references are always awesome. I love it. I am usually quoting for nothing here though 😦 😦

        Hmmmmm… well… maybe one day if someone ties me to my couch we will see… 😉

    • January?! That’s crazy!! That’s weird–you guys normally get the good stuff way before we do! I think you’ll really like Big Hero 6–even if I believe it is on an equal level of greatness with Interstellar. BECAUSE INTERSTELLAR IS ALSO GREAT. 😉

  6. Can’t quantify my admiration for Chris Nolan and Interstellar. I loved it. Granted, the fim ain’t perfect – as you say, it’s a tad too long and can be a bit confusing at times (what the heck was going towards the end!?) – but it has so much heart and so much ambition. And, wow, those visuals. Great work Cara, really glad you liked it! 🙂

    Although now I do sort of wish they just explained it all with floo powder, haha! :L

    Adam.

  7. Am actually surprised I haven’t commented here yet on Interstellar, but today I finally saw Big Hero 6 and LOVED it! Baymax rules!!!!

    yep, Disney loves having orphans as their protagonists, can’t figure out why they have always felt that it was necessary 😦

    Really enjoyed Interstellar when I saw it, but all the negative reviews make me wanna see it again just to be sure it really is as great as I thought

    • Yaaayyy! Thrilled to hear you enjoyed Big Hero 6, Rob! It’s definitely a fun one and Baymax is the BEST. 😀 But the orphan thing…yeah that wears on my nerves a little. Lol.

      Personally, I don’t see why so many people have been negative about Interstellar. Sure, it might get a little too big for its britches at some points, but I still thought it was a great, fascinating film. Stay strong, Rob! We enjoyed it for good reasons! 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on Silver Screen Serenade and commented:

    I’d hoped to have something new ready for today, but…well, that’s gonna have to wait. Haha. Instead, I’ve got another Oscar nom reblog coming your way! This one’s a Duet, and both film are pretty awesome. First is Interstellar, nominated for Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, and Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Pair that with Big Hero 6, which is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year, and it’s a pretty solid pair. Needless to say, I will be rooting for both of these. 🙂

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