I seem to preface all of my movie reviews with the header that The Boy and I saw the preview and vowed to see the movie, but didn’t, and then eventually got around to renting it or whatever.
I think it’s time to admit that we just don’t go to the movies all that often. Heck, even with movies that we rented (such as… Bolt, perhaps?), it was still at least a couple weeks after we picked it up that we actually got around to watching it. Shameful? A little.
Also shameful? I made The Boy go grab the camera to take a picture of the monster apparently inhabiting our kitchen:
And here I thought I just had to worry about the earwigs.
But I digress.
You’re here to read about an animated movie starring a loveable white dog, yes? You’re in luck. Not only do you get that, but you get the Bonus If You Actually Own A Loveable White Dog Who Watched The Movie With You edition. Onwards!
The movie itself was solid. Predictable kid movie story, fun characters (the hamster wasn’t quite as awesome as I had hoped from the previews, but the cat made up for it, as did the pigeons), completely clean comedy that still managed to appeal to grown-ups.
Did this movie shine? Umm… not really. It was a good animated movie for sure, and if it were on TV (and there were kids preventing me from watching Demolition Man again, for it surely would be playing again as well), I’d definitely watch it without complaint. That said, it didn’t really have any extra ooomph that pushes Pixar movies into the “Wow!” category.
Now, watching it With A Dog? Adds entertainment in two forms:
- During the times when the humans around Bolt hear him barking as he tries urgently to get his message across, the Smelly was barking right along with him out of sympathy.
- Right at the beginning of the movie, we had an entertaining 8 minutes of the Smelly running to all the windows to look out to see where the mystery dog was — surely the dog couldn’t be inside the crazy box?
…alright, maybe we’re bad owners. It was still hilarious though. Anyway, overall old-system ranking? 6/9