Big Hero 6: REVIEW

Disney’s been on a winning streak as of late, with verified hits like Frozen, Tangled, and Wreck-it Ralph. With Big Hero 6, they deliver an action-packed comedy about tech-geek teen Hiro and his lovable companion – his robot, Baymax – on the streets of San Fransokyo. The movie is fun, endearing, humorous, and full of heart.

As one who’s simply exhausted with cinematic super hero stories, Disney’s choice to adapt a Marvel comic book was the last thing I would have liked to see the studio pursue.  But Big Hero 6 redeems itself with a clever and delightful little story about friendship and loyalty. Baymax is impossible not to love, and I’m sure my kids will someday be playing with their large cuddly white Baymax action figures in their room.

It’s nothing really that original, and it’s pretty predictable, but Big Hero 6 is a decent animated film worthy of sitting within the Disney Animated canon.

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Big Hero 6 is rated PG for mild action and peril.

© Matt Tory, 2014. 

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day : REVIEW

When luckless 11-year old Alexander experiences one of the most terrible, horrible days of his young life, he finds little sympathy from his family who all seem to have everything going their way. But he soon learns that he’s not alone in his bad luck when his parents (Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell) and siblings find themselves living a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day of their own.

To enjoy the silly antics of Alexander, one must turn off that part of their brain that questions the absurdity and simply sit back to appreciate the wacky shenanigans and surprising amount of innocent fun.

The story is obviously simple, but the cast is fully committed to selling the snowballing troubles this family find themselves in  — giving us a movie that viewers of all ages can enjoy.
It may be corny and simplistic, but Alexander’s significantly better than the average family-comedy fare pushed out by the studios today. A number of gags just don’t work, but a few of them are laugh-out-loud funny as well.

And on a side note – it might almost be worth seeing just to say you saw a Disney movie that says “penis” a number of times and has a scene with male strippers in it (believe me, it’s still family-friendly, but it was just surprisingly jarring for a Disney movie… in a good way).

Alexander is a throwback to the movies that aimed to be nothing more than simply an enjoyable time for families and viewers of all ages to spend together at the movies. It’s charming, fun, cute, and pleasant,  and not much more. But it doesn’t need to be.

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Alexander is rated PG for rude humor. Should be fine for older kids. 

© Matt Tory, 2014. 

Frozen: REVIEW

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Disney returns to form with this delightful new sing-along adventure.

By now, Disney has the whole “princess-movie” thing down to a science. They tend to know what works, and what doesn’t. Even though it may hit all the same notes as those that came before it, “Frozen” still enchants throughout and manages to recapture that classic Disney spirit.

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