Movie Review: Boruto: Naruto the Movie

The eleventh Naruto film in the series has been released


Matthew Grissom

This is the story of Naruto Uzamaki to become the Hokage. This is the strongest ninja in the entire Leaf Village.

by Matthew Grissom, Staff Writer

Last year, I did a review on The Last: Naruto the Movie, which was supposed to be the last in the series, but due to the popularity and the success of the series, author and creator of the story Masashi Kishimoto made another film this year following the story of Naruto Uzumaki’s son, Bolt Uzumaki (He’s called Boruto in Japan, but Bolt in America so I’m referring to him as Bolt). Verdict for Boruto: Naruto the Movie is a 4 out of 5 stars.

The movie stars Bolt after he just graduated the Ninja Academy. All he wants is the acceptance of his Father, but is too busy due to him being the 7th Hokage, the leader of their village. Bolt is tired of Naruto missing out on not only him, but his entire family as well. Bolts mother, Hinata, tries to keep him calm at the same time taking care of his little sister Himawari. Then Bolt meets Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto’s old rival, and wants to become his apprentice. Bolt is best friends and teammates with Sasuke and Sakura’s daughter, Sarada Uchiha. The two with their other teammate Mitsuki enter the Chunin exams, which is a test to see if you move up the next rank as a ninja or not, but it turns out that a villain has come to kill Naruto and finish the plans of one of his clan members, (I won’t say who it is due to it being a major spoiler). Its up to Naruto, Bolt, Sasuke and the rest of the Kages to stop the villains from destroying their world.

The plot is nothing special. It’s your simple action movie with Naruto characters. The movie looks great and it’s the best in the series. The action is the fastest and most inducing in any movie of the series, and you can tell that they put a lot of effort into it. However, the movie isn’t perfect. While I thought I wasn’t going to like Bolt due to how I thought of his character in the books, he actually wasn’t that bad. I actually side with him and say that Naruto is a horrible father. For not having any parents and growing up alone, you think that he would make sure that doesn’t happen to his kids, but not only does he make stupid decisions, he shames Bolt in front of not only his friends, but the entire world. He really needs to take a parenting class. Also, the villains are very forgettable. While powerful, they have almost no character development and their designs in my opinion are stupid looking. I said Toneri, the villain in the last movie, wasn’t really that great. This movie treats Toneri like one of the greatest villains in all of film history.

Even still, I can say that I had a really good time with this movie. The action, characters, animation and the ending is great. It’s cool to see all my favorite characters older and have kids of their own, and while I do wish we had more time with the kids, characters we haven’t seen yet and the other complaints I had with this movie, it still doesn’t get rid of all the cool and awesome parts in it as well. The things it gets right, it really gets right and if you are a fan of the series like me, you’ll like this movie as well. I thought overall this was better than the last movie, but barely. I can’t wait to see what the series has planned next for us.