Sunday, December 7, 2008


It is a rare event for me to go to a movie. I just think they are way too expensive and not worth the money usually. For most films, I wait for them to come out on video and if I still want to see them, I rent them. 

So I don't often do a movie review. But last night my sister invited us to go with her and her boys to the new Disney movie Bolt, and this is one I feel is worth reviewing.

The new Disney Animation Movie Bolt is great fun for the whole family. The story of a dog who believes he is the super hero he plays in his life as a TV star, Bolt, is a lovable character that even cat lovers can appreciate. 

While many animated films are only entertaining to the children in the audience, Bolt delivers solid laughs to audiences of all ages.  The writing is witty, the characters well developed, and the story both funny and touching in all the right parts.

The animation is incredible. I didn't even realize it was a cartoon for the first few moments of the film. The scenes of Las Vegas were spot on and very well illustrated. They even had images of the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign that my great aunt designed. (It did however show this sign in the middle of the desert which has not been the case for about 20 years. It is now next to a huge shopping area known as Town Square.)

In all I would recommend Bolt to nearly everyone. Whether on the big screen or as a rental, this is one movie worth your time. My mother, sister, her 5 year old boys and my 7, 5 and 3 year old girls all loved the movie. There were a few loud somewhat scary scenes that had my 3 year old wide eyed and nervous but she was not crying and wanting to leave. But those prone to be scared by loud noises or scenes with intensity like were in the Incredibles fighting scenes should beware.

Bolt was a bit overshadowed in its release by the Twilight release. I also saw Twilight. I went in with low expectations and was very pleased at how much I enjoyed the movie. Still, Bolt should not be held in the shadow but will be an enduring classic in the Disney collection. If you saw the movie let me know what you think of it.