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5.21.2009

BOLT- LOLing VOLT

Why we love superheroes despite knowing they are not real? Because all over this planet, there are people who feel like they can't. Like a little boy who once spent his days reading Harry Potter, dreaming of the day when he, too, would play Quidditch and save the wizardry world from danger and be told, "You did it. You did it, Karthik. You saved the day." We need a hero; someone who, no matter what the odds, will do what's right. We need a hero to tell them that sometimes the impossible can become possible if you're awesome! And that’s what BOLT is all about.


This film is about the bonds of friendship between Bolt, a "super dog" and Penny, a young actress. Bolt, a White Shepherd has lived his whole life on the set of his action TV show in which he portrays a “SUPER DOG”. He believes he has superpowers and as per the TV show script, is always on the looking out to stop the made-up 'green-eyed' villain from getting hold of Penny. After filming completes for the latest episode where Penny has been kidnapped by the television villain, Bolt escapes from his on-set trailer mistakenly believing it and runs in searching for Penny. He realizes that he doesn't have superpowers and that the show is not real when he takes a cross-country trek with a jaded, mangy cat, Mittens and a TV-obsessed weird hamster, Rhino, who happens to his big-time fan. A great idea for a movie, isn’t it?


Bolt was fun, didn't have any 'dull' spots, Further, the script is well structured and built up, with a solid dramaturgy and a captivating narration, right from the beginning. The starting, expressed professionally, we see Bolt as he is in the TV Show to understand his world. Seriously, that was made of awesome. The scene was action packed and full of excitement. Don’t miss those first 10 minutes.



The effects in this movie are mind-boggling. Think, few of the Disney classics were from the brains of PIXAR and this one has been made after PIXAR left him, the film did not disappoint on any level and a rare treat with terrific animation. I presume you could say the voice overs are great. John Travolta (Bolt) and Miley Cyrus (Penny) certainly did a good job. Mittens the cat, voiced excellently by Susie Essman and Laughter was pretty consistent; some of the best lines in the movie come from Rhino the hamster. Few were I EAT DANGER FOR BREAKFAST, RING! RING! WHO IS IT? DESTINY; I”VE BEEN EXPECTING YOUR CALL. And then there is slim and interesting Manager of Penny who says LETS PUT A PIN IN IT! BOOP!



The film had some exciting moments but the biggest plus is it had heart. On the travel with Mittens and Rhino, when BOLT discovers about himself, was full of warmth and the track BARKING AT THE MOON that follows it, worked very well. I liked the music in the film which is calming and gels with the film. But it was at the scene near the end, the music added with the heart of Bolt did bring a tear to my eye, and when a movie is able to affect me like this, something I don’t think any other animated film has ever done, Mr. Critic declares it a clear winner.



This movie deserved to win some big-time awards. The only reason this did not happen because the brilliance of Wall-E overshadowed this film. I personally place this, a step ahead of Wall-E, finding a place in my DVD library. If you love your pet or if you loved to own a pet but couldn’t, then this film is a must-watch for you. Grab a DVD at nearby store, or mail me for the torrent. This is one movie where you feel got more than our bucks' worth.



Mr. Critic 5-Star: ****1/2



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19 Droplets:

Anto Paul said...

I'm the first to comment.. Nice Post, i've watched this movie... Good Entertainer...

Tony said...

cool review, cheers mate

Vinnie said...

i should watch it !!
thanks for sharing this..sounds like a cute story:)

Karthick Krishna CS said...

@karthik
u cant compare this flick to wall-e... though both are animation the story line is entirely different..u can compare this with kung fu panda... even cars had great graphics and storyline but lost to happy feet.. each animation flick is worth watching and involves great hardship but everything cant be awarded... watever, this one is a good film too...

Thoorika said...

Exams varudhu.. First poi padikara vazhi a paru :D

Priya Joyce said...

heyy so exams make u thnk like this ?

kanagu said...

nice review KArthik.. :)

its lying in my PC for so long.. have to watch it soon :)

Ramesh RT said...

Good review dude!! Even I liked the film!!!

pappu said...

I have seen this movie. this film is gud. But compared to wall-e it never reaches the heights. i recommend you WALL-E.

I reaLLy enjoyed ur introduction pf this movie, especially the first paragraph.

pappu said...

எனது ப்ளாக் அனாமத்தாக காணாமல் போன காரணத்தால் எனது மொக்கைகளை நான் ஆங்கிலத்திலும் தொடர உள்ளேன். அதற்கும் உங்கள் ஆதரவு வேண்டும்.

http://pappumethinks.blogspot.com/

pappu said...

do you know any english social bookmarking site for my english blog?

Saranya said...

I loved the film too :) Good review karthik!!

Chronicwriter said...

4 and haalf.. avvalavu dhaaralamaa?

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swati said...

hi mr.critic
4.5 isn't it too much??
i liked the movie..but i think it cud be a lot better..
Good day..

Ashwathy said...

slightly lengthy (just IMO) but nicely written review :-)
makes me want to watch the film!

kanagu said...

Hi karthik,

You have been tagged:

http://kanaguonline.wordpress.com/2009/05/24/a-picture-tag/

Karthik said...

@ Anto, Tony: Thanks dude! keep Visiting!!


@Vinnie: Mailed you the torrent!!


@Karthick Krishna: Though I loved Wll E it is a love between machines, but this one s between two living creatures and so i could connect to this better than Wall-E


@Thoorika: FYI, this post is after exams!!


@PJ: No!! Its the love for the movie!! Hope you will very well relate to this as you had a pet!! :) Don miss to watch it!!


@Kanagu: Watch it soon buddy!!

Karthik said...

@ Ramesh: First time!! keep visiting!!


@Paapu: i watched WALL E dude!! He He!! ur tamil blog, RIP!!


@Saranya: thanks!! keep dropping, dont disappear!!


@Chriz: He He!! i'd given 5 for TZP!!


@Swathi: Will tell your points to Critic!! :P He liked it so much!!


@Ashwathy: you wont call it lengthy if you read my previous posts :P Thanks!!


@Kanagu: Will do it as late as possible!!

shanmuga said...

sabhaaaaaaaaaa...treat kudu daaaaaaa....