It’s Thanksgiving week, your family is in town.. what to see??? I saw two great movies this week, Bolt and Twilight. Here are my thoughts.
BOLT- 3 Stars
Bolt (voiced by John Travolta) is a dog who has laser-eye vision, a super -jump and a super- bark. With his human Penny (Miley Cyrus) at his side and with all those powers at his disposal, Bolt is the ultimate super dog. At least that’s what he thinks. All of Bolt’s super powers are actually special effects, but Bolt does not know that. He has no clue whatsoever that he is on a television show.
When Penny asks to take Bolt home for the weekend, her agent and the director of the show say that Bolt has to believe all the special effects on the show are actually real. Bolt has never known anything other then heroism on his show, and the director wants to keep it that way. When an executive from the network tells the director that the show has become too predictable and too happy, the director creates a script in which the bad guy on the show kidnaps Penny. Bolt thinks this is real, and he tries to “rescue” Penny from “The Green-Eyed Man.” Unfortunately, Bolt falls into a box and is shipped across the world to New York (where else)?
There, Bolt meets a mob-boss cat named Mittens and kidnaps her because she has lied and told Bolt that she knows Penny’s whereabouts. Along the way back to Hollywood, Bolt and Mittens add a third member to their team, a fat ball-bound hamster named Rhino. Rhino is thrilled to help, because he practically worships Bolt from seeing his TV show.
This movie was made from Disney, not Pixar, but it was still good, despite it being computer animated. It is funny and cute, and the voices match with the characters and their personalities. The hamster pretty much takes up the movie when introduced, meaning he almost never shuts up. Miley Cyrus does some good work as Penny, Bolt’s owner, but I personally think she should stick to playing Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel, not in the movies. The film is cute, and will most likely appeal to almost everyone who sees it. If you are looking for a family film to indulge all ages in your family I recommend “Bolt.” My mom thought it was as good as “Finding Nemo.” “Bolt” is rated PG for some mild action and peril.
My second film, “Twilight,” is a bit more dramatic and could scare some young viewers. It is rated PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sensuality, and I give it three stars as well.
Here’s my disclaimer: About one half of the theater I went to was filled with girls, screaming girls. So if you want to meet some screaming girls, then see “Twilight.”
Here’s the basic plot in case you’ve been living under a rock like my mom and haven’t heard about this book series:
Bella is a girl who just moved to live with her father in a town called Forks, Wash., pop. 3,120. Bella and her father have not lived together in years, so they have to rebuild their previous relationship. At school however, Bella gets the attention of three or more boys. Then she sees the Cullen’s, a more modern version of the Addams Family. These students are pale-faced, silent, and downright creepy. They act isolated from everyone else and look it as well. As luck would have it, one of this creepy bunch, Edward, ends up in Bella’s biology class. Edward acts rude and mysterious, making Bella wonder if he is hiding something. Edward seems not to care about Bella very much, and skips school for the next couple of sunny days after meeting her. Then, Edward saves Bella’s life on a school field trip. He stops and slightly dents an out-of-control truck from killing her, all with his hand. This causes Bella to wonder even more about why this guy and his family are so mysterious. After that, Bella looks online and discovers the weird things Edward can do are actually mirrored in the history of the abilities of a vampire. Bella is shocked. (Why is it that 17-year-old girls always have to fall for the weird creature and not the handsome normal one?)
Edward admits he and his family are vampires, but they are “vegetarians” (they only suck the blood of animals). Bella becomes friends with this family and they like her as well. Now that she’s irrevocably in love with this creepy teen Dracula, she finds out that not all vampires are all nice and good.
Since I hadn’t read this book I had zip to go on with this movie and found it loud but entertaining. Don’t sit under the speaker in this one. The rest of the audience was mostly made up of the female species, most of whom seemed to know the story, but despite all of this I still liked the movie. My sister, Carol, who is 11, is now in love and reading the book. My dad didn’t fall asleep.
I’m recommending this move to teenagers who want a little action but a good love story to go along with it. I’m telling you guys.. take your girl to see this movie.
Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!