Bolt: Directed by Byron Howard, Chris Williams. With John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton. The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.
I ran into a discussion about this film on reddit with a post about how this movie went from being a concept called “American Dog” to the eventual movie that it became. They mentioned someone was claiming this was one of the best Disney films released in 2008, which I found to be dubious, but since I have D+, I figured I’d see what the hubbub was about. Upon seeing the movie poster, I remember exactly why I’ve always skipped it, because Travolta and Cyrus are both celebrities that I just don’t care too much about, and having them do the voices of cartoon characters feels more like celebrity stunt casting than anything merit based. At the root of it, the film is a Truman Show style gas lighting situation for this poor dog, who’s convinced that he’s a super-hero by a bonkers directors that’s a little too into the craft than he should be.
The movie’s good, not best of the year good, but good enough that if it’s on in the background I might mention that it was an enjoyable film, but I definitely won’t be going out of my way to watch it again.