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Joe’s Review: Bolt (in 3-D)

December 1, 2008 by Joe 

Bolt Movie PosterFor those of you who haven’t had a chance to check out Bolt yet, I highly recommend you do. If you have the chance to see it in Disney Digital 3-D, go out there and check it out for sure. Bolt has to be one of the better movies that I’ve seen this holiday season. While the numbers have not favored the film at the box office (its sitting at 66.9 M as I write this) those do not do the film justice. This might have something to do with the bias towards Pixar films when it comes to CG movies, but don’t let that deter you.

Bolt is the story of a dog who actually thinks he is a superhero. He believes that his goal in life is to defend his person, Penny (Miley Cyrus), and will do anything for her. To help him believe this, the producers of the show have immersed Bolt in this lifestyle, making him believe he actually has super powers and is a hero. Penny truly loves Bolt, and wants only the best for him. However, the show is suffering from falling ratings, and to try to draw people, they add a cliffhanger into their latest episode. Unfortunately for Bolt, he really believes that Penny is still in danger, and breaks out in order to try to rescue her.

During his search, Bolt ends up in a packing box and is shipped across the country unknowingly. On his journey back to rescue Penny, he befriends a few other creatures: Mittens, a declawed and abandoned housecat living in New York, and Rhino, a hamster who wants nothing more than to help his hero, Bolt, on his journey. Throughout their adventure, Bolt discovers the truth behind who he really is, and faces many obstacles in getting back to his person, Penny.

To find out more, check out the movie! I’d like to comment on the 3-D part, because I saw it. It’s pretty traditional in that you need to use glasses in order to see the 3-D, but it was done very well. There are objects flying out at you, and it really does immerse you in the action quite a bit. What was even better is that there were trailers in 3-D, which were excellent. I know that watching a movie in 3-D costs more, but if it’s available, as I said before, you should definitely check it out. It really gives a new perspective on how you can watch movies, and makes you see what theatres can still offer that you can’t get at home. The experience is worth the extra cost.

Bolt is a great family movie, and I enjoyed the characters of Bolt and Rhino tremendously. John Travolta does an excellent job, and Miley wasn’t even that annoying (even though I can’t stand her voice). Disney did an incredible job on animation, they might actually be catching up to Pixar! The only thing this movie could have used was a short beforehand, but I’m not going to complain. I haven’t genuinely laughed this hard during a movie for a while.. and it was one that the girl and I actually enjoyed together!

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆

- This is not a film to miss. See it in 3-D!

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