Feb 13, 2011

How To Train Your Dragon Review


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Premise:
In a land ruled by rough and tough, dragon-killing vikings, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is the Hermes of Santa's elves. Outcasted, dorky, anxious and full of big dreams to fill his father's (Gerard Butler) big shoes. By sheer luck, Hiccup manages to capture the rarest and most elusive breed of dragon, the Night Fury, and injures him in the process. Rather than kill the Night Fury, Hiccup tames him, tends to him, befriends him, and learns from him.


Standouts:
The animation is top notch. You can really feel for the characters, especially the dragons based off their facial expressions and body language. I also really loved the voice of Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin) in a fat, Dungeons and Dragons style nerd-Viking. Craig Ferguson did a surprisingly good job too. Just the opposite, I thought Jay Baruchel's voice as the main character was initially too grating to enjoy. Eventually I did get used to it though.


My Highlights:
Any scene that involved Hiccup interacting with dragons. You can just feel the connection he has with them that no one else does. Plus most of the dragons act like dogs, or horses or something.


Overall Rating:
Undoubtedly, 100%, 5 *'s out of 5 *'s, or 10 *'s out of 10 *'s. Great characters, great plot, great animation, and fun for all ages.


When You Should See It:
Right away. It doesn't matter if you're a single MIT professor, or a blue-collar parent of eight kids and three grand kids, this is a film that everyone can enjoy.

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