Monday, 30 August 2010

Film Review: BOLT (2008)

Directors: Byron Howard and Chris Williams
Running time: 96 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): PG

UK release date: 6th February 2009

Watched on Sky+ Monday 30th August 2010.


I wasn’t sure I would like this one when I saw it on the TV schedule. I seem to remember it not doing all that well at the box-office when it was released. I shouldn’t have worried; it has all the best bits that go into a Disney animation plus a heart-warming story to boot! But more of that later, here’s a bit about the plot first.

Bolt is a dog, not just an ordinary dog, he’s a dog with superpowers! Penny, his human, and her father put him in a device that enabled him to run like the wind, be as stronger than a speeding truck, jump further than anyone, gave him laser vision and a super-bark that will destroy anything in its path. Each day, he saves Penny and they go back to the safety of his trailer, but one day she is taken by the evil Dr. Calico and Bolt is left alone in the trailer. Determined to find Penny he escapes into the real world, a world where his powers no longer work. He finds a cat, Mittens who, he believes, knows the whereabouts of Dr. Calico’s lair. She eventually tells him it is in Hollywood, a long way from their current location, New York. And so, taking Mittens with him as insurance, Bolt begins a journey that will change his life. On the way they bump into his number-one fan, a hamster called Rhino. But that’s all I’m going to say about the plot, don’t want to give too much away now.

A really well animated film, in the Pixar style as I like to call it. Some great gags and some really engaging characters combine to make this an enjoyable experience. Good performances all round, so honourable mentions go to; John Travolta as Bolt, Smiley Virus (ok, Miley Cyrus) as Penny, Susie Essman as Mittens, Mark Walton as Rhino and Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Calico.

Over all a really enjoyable movie with some great characters and some really good sight gags and one-liners. I wasn’t so sure about the music but then I’m not a big country music fan. It was also nice to see dog and a cat getting on together in a Disney film for a change! It does happen in real life you know! (ok, minor rant over). So, enjoyable, engaging, heart-warming, funny, exciting and recommended.

My score: 7.7/10

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