MV5BMjI4MTIzODU2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjE0NDAwMjE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_What’s it all about?

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.

Oooh, animated superheroes, what’s not to like?

Why did I want to see it?

I’d seen some concept artwork online ages ago and the whole look of San Fransokyo was just fantastic, plus, you know, Baymax 🙂

What did I think of it?

I thought this was just a lovely film, and not just in the sense of how it looks, which is astonishing (I think it was Mark  Kermode who said in his review that you just want to freeze frame the movie to see the detail of everything that’s going on in the background) but in the story itself which is all about coping with loss and bonding with friends and turning a cuddly empathetic medical assistance robot into a badass fighting machine. As one does.

I didn’t know anything about the Marvel comics (until the Marvel movie universe was created we were (and still are to a certain extent) a DC household) but I don’t think that really matters because this is very much an origin story. How did Hiro and his friends and Baymax become the band of high-tech heroes mentioned above? What really happened to Hiro’s older brother? Who is the bad guy with the kabuki mask? Will good triumph and will we all learn a valuable lesson about grief and the futility of revenge while rejoicing in one of the characters dressed up as a (very effective) weird Japanese fire-breathing thingy? Of course we will.

It is a really sweet film, very funny at times but also quite emotional and Baymax is such a wonderful character, the emotional centre of the film. To be honest all of the characters are great (especially Fred, my favourite) and even though the underlying themes are quite dark they are deftly handled. We saw it in a large cinema with only about six other people there and we were all mesmerised.

This is already the leading contender for our Heartwarming New Year’s Eve Movie for 2015. Highly recommended, DVD already on the wish-list.