Movie Title: How to Train Your Dragon
Date Released: March 26th, 2010
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
A great family movie – that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age. There are jokes for children, jokes for adults, a great plot, and fantastic visuals. I’ve seen this movie a number of times before but still find myself getting excited when certain parts happen. The best part about this movie, to me, is the dragons. I like seeing the different types of dragons the writers came up with and how they portray them – and then the change that happens in the dragons when you’re nice to them (come on, it’s not spoiler-y, read the title of the movie for godsakes!).
The actors chosen for the voices are all great actors and there were none that stood out. Sometimes you hear a voice and you just can’t help but think of the person who is voicing it – rather than the character on the screen, but everyone did a great job. Even Jay Baruchel, who has a super recognizable voice, fit Hiccup, the protagonist very well. Gerard Butler was Stoick, Hiccup’s father, and sounded… like Gerard Butler. But if Gerard Butler was a viking, I imagine him to be just like Stoick, so it worked out well.
When I first saw this movies, I saw it in theaters in 3D. The 3D was well done, because it was just another way the filmmakers gave the movie depth. Some movies just use 3D and occasionally throw something at you just to remind you it’s there and so you think how cool it is. No, the 3D enhanced some scenes greatly – such as scenes of the dragon fights, or dragons flying around in the sky. It was pretty. Even watching the movie again on TV was pretty.
The plot contained a number of normal ideas, overcoming your fears, being yourself, father vs son clashes, etc. While a predictable plot overall, the movie still manages to keep you on your toes because you care so much about the characters and what happens to them.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
There’s a great synopsis on imdb – find it here.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I love the dragons. And partly because they act so cat-like at times. If you’re wondering what I mean, go watch the movie. The way Toothless hunts – like a cat. The way he nudges with his head – like a cat (that one is like a dog too). The dragon-nip? Seriously? And the chasing the light is like any animal. I love though that the directors did that because I think when you see scenes like this you think of your own pet and it helps you get even closer to Toothless and care even more about him. It was a great little tactic. I also love just the various types of dragons and their “powers”. I really like the two-headed dragon that the twins ride. I also really liked the little terror thing.
I do think the dad, Stoick, was a super jerk – and I’m not sure that I’d forgive him as easily as Hiccup did. Really dad? You disowned me because you wouldn’t listen to me – and because I wouldn’t kill a dragon? I’m just very unsure I’d forgive you in like 2 seconds like Hiccup does. But ok it’s a kids movie – and all things were said out of anger…. but still ahhh.