Simply A Masterpiece
A movie that not only functions as a solid scarefest but a razor-sharp satire.
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
This delivers another heartpounding movie to resonate the title by the famous Disney. The story is great and makes a true honor to the dog in the adventure he goes through to make it fun throughout. And in many ways does the movie make it great to follow what happens as it goes through. But it doesn't have much more depth then that and sometimes gets slow at certain moments.
Plot Overview: Bolt, a TV star dog who does not know his TV world is not real, gets shipped across the country and, with new friends, starts a journey back learning life lessons along the way.Directed by Bryon Howard and Chris WilliamsStarring John Travolta, Susie Essman and Mark Walton# No Spoilers!Overall: This movie was alright. I would recommend it to parents who want to rest for 90 minutes but I can't really say I recommend it in any other situation. It's got some nice animation, nice voice acting and a heart warming story but on a whole feels a little empty for me and I can't say it's up to the standard of many Disney and Pixar movies alike.# Possible Spoilers!Good: 1. John Travolta does a pretty good job as the titular character and you really see Bolt grow and evolve over the course of the movie.2. Mark Watney does a fun job as Rhino and Miley Cyrus does a fine job as Penny.3. The star performance, for me, however, was Susie Essman as Mittens, a cynical cat who you grow to love and who grows to love others. Her performance is pretty darn good for just her voice and she properly conveys here character and emotions throughout.4. A nice heartwarming story which works well for the film.5. Nice ending which, in my opinion, ended perfectly.6. Pretty nice animation and music.7. A good number of jokes made me laugh, although I did notice a tendency to gravitate to more childish humour and cringe worthy gags. Humour is subjective, obviously, but I still think it could have catered towards a larger scope because I know people that didn't even laugh once.Bad:1. So much of the story relied on pure luck and was just hard to believe. I'm fine with suspending my disbelief, but there are limits to what I'll let slip by.2. I think that the comedy could have catered to a larger scope and, while I did laugh a few times, I didn't laugh audibly or as much as I hoped. I hate to compare movie but just look at Toy Story, The Iron Giant and Aladdin. Arguably three of the greatest animated movies ever made and in some cases just plain movie. What do all three have in common? They either cater mature themes or have jokes that everyone can laugh at and enjoy.6/10
Six Point Nine?!!!?!! SIX POINT NINE?!!?!What kind of an idiot rated this movie! Overall,this is one the best animated movies ever made! This is the story of a Dillusioned dog and his return to realty,(Yeah, he sells houses),you know what I mean.That's "reality" for anyone who didn't quite get that.On to the basic story line, A movie company has tricked this dog into thinking he's he's a real dog for their show, and he gets the idea into his head that his owner is always in danger. During the show, his "Person" gets taken away from him and he believes she's been captured in real life.He then sets out on a journey to rescue her and ends up being shipped to the other side of the U.S. Anyways, he meets this cat and this hamster who tell him that he's a normal dog. He then sets out on..... Oh,The Heck with it! Go and watch the movie.
After the very good Meet the Robinsons, I tried not to have too much high expectations for Bolt, as two good ones in a role for Disney animated movies in the 2000s were rare. However, after watching it, I was also pleasantly surprised! It's an interesting story about Bolt, an American white shepherd, who is the star of a fictional TV show, but has lived his whole life on the set and believes he really has superpowers. When separated from the studio by accident and believing his co-star, Penny, really got captured, he sets off on a journey to rescue her. Along the way, he meets Mittens the Cat and Rhino the Hamster and learns the truth about himself.This movie started very heavily on the sci-fi stuff and seemed like a copycat of the motion picture, The Truman Show. In addition, some of the characters including the movie agent and the studio manager acted too superficial. However, what ultimately resulted was more than just typical Hollywood superfluous stuff and cliché action heroes; there were actual meaningful adventures and drama, from Bolt lost in the city when trying to find Penny to him learning the truth about himself and life in general. I've also found that the character Mittens was witty and humorous, especially when she appeared oblivious when Bolt actually thought she was partly responsible for Penny's disappearance. The growing friendship and teamwork that the animal characters eventually formed were also meaningful and gave the movie heart.The CGI animation is colorful and detailed (I especially liked the various cities), and the direction is well-paced - it makes you eager to find out how everything will unfold at the end. Like Meet the Robinsons, it's one of the better Disney animated films from the 2000s.Grade B