Reel Rumbles: “Interstellar” vs. “Big Hero 6”
Two science fiction films from 2014. Two Academy Award winners. Two competitors. Both filled with courageous heroes who try to accomplish something greater than themselves. Which is better? Let’s try to figure it out. It’s time for Interstellar vs. Big Hero 6.
Round One: Story
Interstellar is set in a near future where people on Earth are facing climate changes that threaten their existence. A group of NASA scientists decide to use a newly discovered wormhole in order to search for planets that are habitable. The film follows a pilot named Cooper who decides to join the expedition, despite the reluctance of his daughter. He is accompanied by other scientists and robots to help in his mission.
Big Hero 6 is set in the fictional futuristic city of San Fransokyo where the main character called Hiro Hamada lives. His older brother Tadashi – who wants him to stop illegal robot fighting – encourages him to meet his friends and presents a robot called Baymax to aid him. Hiro then tries to enroll at a university, and by creating microbots impresses a crowd to ensure his enrollment. Later, a sudden tragedy and emergence of a masked villain inspires Hiro to create a superhero team in order to stop the mysterious foe.
Both stories have interesting premises with typical science fiction features: futurism, advanced technology, and robots. These films also show family relations as an important part of the plot; in Interstellar it is focused on the father/daughter relationship while Big Hero 6 shows the importance of an older brother’s guidance. Both films have parents that are missing, implicating that our heroes have to grow up faster than most people, which means that important decisions have to be made sooner. The differences are mainly showed in approach; Big Hero 6 is more action-packed and humorous while Interstellar definitely shows a bleak future even if humanity still has hope. Nevertheless, each film presents great dialogue, characters we can instantly like, and in both cases we support our heroes, hoping they accomplish their missions.
Round one is a draw.
Round Two: Script
Big Hero 6 is based on a Marvel comic and thus shares many aspects common in this kind of work and combines them with Disney characteristics. Appearance of superheroes fighting with a villain plus family values make the script acceptable for everyone. The main focus in the movie are relationships between Hiro and rest of the characters; mainly his brother and the robot he created, Baymax. This is connected with the mystery of a masked person who tries to accomplish his own mischievous goals. Hiro himself is a child prodigy but is not arrogant in any way and each member of his team is unique in their own way.
Interstellar is written by the film’s director Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan Nolan. Besides the story of the mission to find a world good enough to inhabit the script focuses on many psychical theories like wormholes, black holes, and gravitational time dilation. It features environmental approaches overlapping with themes of human nature. It’s clear that these kind of topics would be difficult to put into a single script, but it seems that the job was well done, in this case.
Big Hero 6 is a charming story of friendship set in a science-fiction environment with heroic battles but put into a Disney/Pixar humorous and touching tone. Interstellar is way more bleak with the future depicted as being less colorful.
Round Two goes to Interstellar because of its more advanced premise with themes richer in innovation than the average science fiction flick.
Round Three: Direction
Direction is dealt with precision in both cases. The precision seen in Big Hero 6 is shown by depicting microbots raging across the detailed city or the costumes made by Hiro for his friends. Baymax dealing with nearby objects with his curiosity is also a great example of both of the directors (Don Hall, Chris Williams) attention to small things.
Interstellar is focused on large landscapes and the greatness of the outer space. Humankind facing their end spacemen that travel far away to find a solution and have to sacrifice their previous lives. Grand scale is clearly pointed out in the plot and director Christopher Nolan certainly wanted to achieve that on the screen and succeeded.
Round Three is again won for Interstellar although only slightly.
And the Winner Is…
Both films are exceptional. They both have grand special effects, and fascinating, mostly likable characters that are intriguingly pleasurable to watch. The films vary in tone, but it’s clear that neither can easily be forgotten. Acting is excellent in either case – either by the on-screen or voice actors. Which one is better then?
Interstellar. For some, it won’t be a big difference, yet another would say the difference is huge. Interstellar, however, leaves a bigger impact overall. Influenced by films that are now considered classics (Metropolis, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner) it is probable that someday, maybe the Nolan flick itself will become a classic.
Big Hero 6 because it shows its more schematic plot line with typical Disney cuteness suitable for families. Nolan’s film creates more room for the wonders of physics with a more realistic approach – even if still considered fiction. Yet, it still has action with emotional scenes which means that it is comparable to the Disney film in that category. The robots are helpful – even far away from Earth! Big Hero 6 is still a strong opponent to any science fiction action movie, and even if it does not win against Interstellar, many films could be easily defeated by this animated masterpiece.
Do you agree with the result? Are there any more things worth noticing between these two films? Please let us know in the comments!