Saturday, April 3, 2010

Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Grade: A+

Hiccup lives in a quiet Viking town. Only thing is, they have a dragon problem. All the Vikings in the village live to kill dragons, but hiccup is viewed as too small and clumsy to do the work. All Hiccup wants is to be accepted by the rest of the village and most importantly, his father. He is determined to bring down a dragon and one day builds a mechanism that will take down a dragon for him. When he is successful in taking down the most feared of all dragons, he goes to investigate and to kill the dragon. Problem is, when he gets to the dragon he can’t bring himself to kill it and releases it instead. Then, over the next couple weeks while he’s in dragon killing school, he sneaks off to the dragon and over time befriends it and trains it to the point where he flies on the dragons back. He learns that the dragons are misunderstood, gentle creatures and he tries to figure out a way to teach this to the rest of his village.

This movie was simply amazing. There are no other words for it. DreamWorks animation really outdid themselves with this one and are going to create some solid competition for Pixar this year. The story in this movie is just amazing. It’s funny, it’s touching, it’s emotional and it’s really fun. I really did end up liking this movie a lot more than I originally thought I would. This movie is fun for everybody, kids will love it and adults will love it. Simply put, it is a really well made movie. All the different types of dragons are awesome, all the characters are great, just everything about this movie is superb. You really feel for the characters and get caught up in their plight. The main dragon, Toothless, is absolutely adorable and so easy to fall in love with.

Jay Baruchel (She’s Out of My League, Tropic Thunder) does the voice of the main character, Hiccup, the hapless boy who just wants to be a true Viking. Baruchel was a perfect choice for this voice and he did such a great job with it. Gerard Butler (300, RockNrolla) did the voice of Stoick, Hiccup’s father and leader of the village. I loved this aspect of the movie, it takes place in a Scotland Viking settlement so we got to hear Butler’s true voice and didn’t have to suffer through him forcing an American accent. Butler was excellent with this voice and is again a perfect casting choice. America Ferrera (Our Family Wedding, TVs Ugly Betty) did the voice of Astrid, the girl Hiccup has a crush on. Ferrera did a great job with her role. Comedian Craig Ferguson does the voice of Gobber, a blacksmith and teacher of dragon fighting school. Ferguson is Scottish as well and did a great job with this role as he was absolutely hilarious with all the lines. The movie also features the voices of Jonah Hill, Kristin Wiig, T.J. Miller and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

I cannot recommend this movie enough. It doesn’t matter what type of movies you are into, this one has it all and appeals to everybody. Go see it right away. It is available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D, it doesn’t matter how you see it they are all great and it’s worth the ticket price no matter how much you pay.

Great quote: “Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile.”

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