Michael J Manacci

Once every blue moon, a film comes along that does far more than the simple intention of pure entertainment. Instead, these types of films fill their audience with an overwhelming sense of optimism and the sunshine-filled promises of a better tomorrow. Also, the notion that one day, good shall finally triumph over evil within our very lifetime. Although live-action films can sometimes miss the mark on this matter, animated films always accomplish this with the utmost passion and effort. One such example of a film of this caliber is 2014’s “Big Hero 6.”

Deep within the underworld’s catacombs of the anime-inspired city of San Fransokyo, a young boy genius named Hiro Hamada appears to have bitten off more than he could chew hustling the local robot fighting circuit. After being cornered by the thugs he stole money from, his older brother, Tadashi, rides to his rescue on his Vespa, almost out of thin air. Tadashi and Hiro barely manage to 

Outrun the mafia, but not the police department. The brothers proceed to get themselves arrested and are bailed out before the night is over by their legal guardian, Aunt Cass.

Upon returning home, Hiro appears to have not learned his lesson at all. He religiously starts pestering his big brother to take him back to the underground bot fights. Tadashi reluctantly agrees, but first, the brothers detour to the local university where Tadashi is majoring in robotics. As Hiro walks around in sheer amazement at everything, Tadashi introduces Hiro to his fellow classmates, Honey Bee, Wasabi, Fredzilla, and Gogo Tomago, not to mention Tadashi’s pride and joy, a medical robot named Baymax. Needless to say, Hiro is beyond impressed with the university, and Tadashi convinces Hiro to use his talent for robotics for good to make something of himself in science. 

After attending the university for a few weeks, Hiro not only entered the annual Robotics and Technology Expo but won first place with flying colors with his invention called Nanobots. However, shortly after being approached by local tech mogul Alistair Claigg for an arms deal involving his nanobots, which Hiro flat out refuses, a massive fire breaks out in the Expo center. Quickly realizing that his professor is trapped inside the raging inferno, Tadashi decides to run into the fire to save his beloved mentor, only to die in the resulting explosion. 

Still not over the death of their parents, Hiro sinks into a deep dark abyss of depression and sadness when Tadashi dies, and he cannot seem to liberate himself from it. Having been willed to Hiro, Baymax does his very best to cheer his new master up, but to no avail. One afternoon, Bsymax wanders off on a quest with childlike wonder, with Hiro eagerly chasing behind. As they catch up together, they both learn that Tadashi’s death wasn’t an accident, and someone set the fire on purpose. Seeking help from their classmates, Hiro and the crew make some modifications to Baymax. They also each don the mantles of a new force for good in their city: Big Hero 6, deciding to honor the legacy of Tadashi by helping others as opposed to wallowing in their self-pity. ”

President Abraham Lincoln said it best: “People are as happy as they make up their minds.” While this is beyond a shadow of a doubt true, it is far easier said than done for someone drowning in grief and sorrow. Speaking from the personal experience of losing my father, grief and sorrow are very contagious conditions that greatly affect your body, mind, and soul. It is a black tar that fills the cracks of the broken heart, yet its toxicity will corrode you over time and leave you bitterness-filled and angry at the world.

However, this fate is entirely optional. You see, dear reader, there exists a far better medicine for the heartbroken, a medicine that is free of all charges, unconditional side effects, and no doctor can prescribe to you: The Love of Christ. Jesus says in the book of Matthew.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 5:44

 “All things have been committed to me by my father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and those to whom the Son and those to whom the son has chosen to reveal him. Come to me, all who are weary and who are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:27-30

Matthew 11:27-30

Death will come for all men in the end. But We as children of God need not fear it, for both Christ and our loved ones are awaiting upon our heavenly arrival. Therefore, let us live in a way that we are living the gospel all the time.