T.J. Miller

Big Hero 6

Disney/Marvel has released their first animated property in Big Hero 6. Now just to be honest, I have not seen Wreck it Ralph, or Frozen, making Big Hero 6 the first of Disney animated films I have watched in a long time. And to add just a little more, besides The Lego Movie it’s really the only new animated film I have seen is a very long time. Didn’t see the 2 How to Train your Dragons, or the Despicable Me films. So I don’t have much to judge on. That said, putting Big Hero 6 up against The Lego Movie and all other films this year, it ranks pretty high.

Big Hero 6 stars an ensemble voice cast of Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, T.J. Miller, Daniel Henney, and Maya Rudolph. It is directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and is loosely based on the Marvel Comics of the same name. I say loosely because the writers took some liberties and changed a lot from the comics, which is not a bad a thing. I think it helps bring the characters to a broader audience.

Set in the fictional town of San Fransokyo, Big Hero 6 follows the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada (Potter) who after a tragic accident at a science convention loses his brother. Hero befriends his brothers robotic nurse invention named Baymax (Adsit), and the two are thrust in a mystery where he along with his brother’s robotic school class mates to stop a villain hell-bent on revenge.

The story seems nearly generic, but the film does a great job flipping it on its side with a very simple but out of nowhere twist. Which makes for a very intriguing script. The cast is pretty basic, but that’s expected. I’m not one who needs a big name cast in animated films. Let the trained voice actors do their jobs. However this cast is very functional. I would call T.J. Miller the break out voice, his character Fred is a very fun. As far as the characters go they are pretty cliché aside from Hiro and Baymax. But that is also to be expected. The most lovable and memorable character will definitely be Baymax. This lovable robot makes you just want to hug him. I left the theater wanting this robot for my own nurse! Although the characters can kind of seem generic, you do still connect to them. And the film draws you in. I even teared up a good amount in it.

There a few problems with the pacing of the film. The beginning of the film is very into character development with its main character and his brother, and in the 2nd act it can seem to be a little slow. Even its training montage is not as fun as you would like it to be. But as the twist begins to take us into its 3rd act, the film randomly jumps into its action pact finale. Also, even though it is an animated film, the villain is pretty one dimensional. I’m not saying we needed Koki, but a little more character development wouldn’t of hurt.

The visuals of the film are stunning though. The city of San Fransokyo transports you to a place that seems not only foreign, but familiar as well. You can see that Disney Animation and Pixar are truly merging into one incredible company. An example of this merger is ever so clear in the pre film short entitled Feast that follows a puppy and his enormous appetite and love for his master. True story, you’re going tear up before Big Hero 6 even starts, and if you don’t, you probably don’t have a soul. I didn’t watch this in 3D because I rend to not like 3D, however I could imagine this might be a good one to see in 3D if you are someone who likes it, or can tolerate on a case by case bases.

All in all I really enjoyed Big Hero 6 all though not as much as The Lego Movie. I’m giving it a Jeebus score of 5.0, with a .2 bonus for its surprise cameo that you really have to pay attention to see. That brings us to a 5.2, Multiple Viewings Required. And one final bit of advice, when you do go to see it, make sure you sit through those credits, because hey, this is a Marvel film after all……..

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Transformers 4: Age of Bayisms

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction! The fourth installment of the multimillion dollar franchise is here. This go around we have a whole new story arc, leaving the past human characters in the past. The film is once again directed by Micheal Bay and stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammar, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, T.J. Miller, and Peter Cullen. I for one will start by saying I am a huge fan of Michael Bay, and the first three Transformer films. Coming into this one I was really excited, DinoBots, a new story arc, what was there not to be excited about?! Little did I know.

Walking out of the theater I fully planned to give this film a decent score. Not great, but decent. I felt that it had problems but was still at its core ok. Then I started thinking about it on the way home, and go to my score card and saw the final and just realized, this was kind of slap in the face. The entire freaking film. It has a few redeeming qualities which I will get into, but for the most part, it’s the first time I see what most people say about Bay films. I never thought I could be bored during an intense action scene, but I got actually got a little bored at one part during an amazing action sequence. So lets take a look at this

We’ll start with the characters. Human first. Mark Wahlberg plays generic guy number 1, who you shouldn’t care about, but since its Mark Wahlberg you kind of do. His daughter is played by Nicola Peltz, she has absolutely no redeeming qualities to her. I actually wanted to see her get taken out by a deception. Her boyfriend, played by Jack Reynor, also, no character development, and someone you don’t care about. T.J. Miller plays the early on comic relief, and is fun to watch while he’s there but once his minor role is over, they try to turn Stanley Tucci into your comic relief, and fails miserably! For the most part Frasier is good at his role as the generic bad guy. But not someone who really has substance.

The Autobots are pretty cool. Cullen once again is phenomenal as Prime. And John Goodman steals the show as Hound. Ken Watanabe does a great job voicing Drift. But at the same time, there is no focus on them. The film tryst to focus on the humans too much. I At least found myself caring about these AutoBots. The major Deception, or villainous Robot is Lockdown. A galactic bounty hunter that is on a mission to hunt down AutoBots and Deceptions. And he is cool, and villainous, but nothing can make up for a lack of Megatron. As a fan of the series, I want to see Megatron. No one will ever make up more than the Deception leader.

The story is horribly weak. It follows down on their luck family that gets thrust into a battle to save the planet. Some old story right? Just without any likeable characters, or redeeming Dialog! The dialog in this film was horrendous! The AutoBots were done all right, but the when the humans had to speak it was like a bad Saturday morning television show! The CGI as well was not on par with previous films. The Transformers looked alright at times, but the new transforming mechanisms of the new Transformers looked like cheap animation. And the blue screen effect were terrible. There is a part where someone is falling out of a building, and no joke, it worse the Dick Jones falling at the end of the Original Robocop.

And finally. The Dinobots. Or lack of. This film is built around the belief that the DinoBots were going to be there. Well, they are, for a very minor role. In a 2 hour and 45 minute film, you get 30 minutes of DinoBots, their back story makes no sense! Their arrival makes no sense. It gets set up, and you think you know how they will show up, then right out of left field, boom, crappy arrival. It made no freaking sense! And to be honest, again as a fan of the source material, THESE WERENT THE FREAKING DINOBOTS! THEY WERE CHEAP IMMITATIONS! It just makes me mad! And the mnore I think about it, the angrier I get!

So all in all, when I look at this one I can’t say it is the worst of the series, because Revenge of The Fallen had its flaws too, and major ones. But it definitely comes behind the original, and the Dark of the Moon. I looked at it, scored it, and went with a Jeebus Score of 2.7, Redbox It!