Country: United States
Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Voices: Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid, the girl Hiccup likes), Gerard Butler (Hiccup’s father)
If you are keen on 3D animation movies, you will love this one. If on the contrary, you think this kind of movies is not your cup of tea, How To Train Your Dragon could actually change your mind. Sweet and touchy but not corny at all, the film entertains the audience with a combination of high quality animation, action scenes and quite an interesting plot.
Hiccup is a teenage boy who lives in a viking island. Dragons continuosly attack the villagers, threatening their lives and destroying their homes. The greatest aspiration someone could have in this island is to become a dragon killer, and this is exactly Hiccup’s dream. But he wasn’t cut out to hunt dragons, he’s just a disaster at it and instead of helping the other vikings he makes even more trouble. But Hiccup is determined to make his father proud (who, BTW, is the chief viking and best hunter of all) and to do that he will kill the Night Fury. This is considered the most dangerous dragon and no one has hunted it before, but when Hiccup finally has the opportunity to do it, he discovers that he just… can’t kill it. But what if the solution against dragons’ attacks wasn’t to kill them? Has Hiccup just found another way to solve this problem? Well, I’m not telling you that, so you’ll have to see it for yourself 🙂
Animation in this movie is amazing. It is more realistic and detailed than in movies such as Toy Story and Shrek, though it keeps being a cartoon. To be clear I’ll put it like this. Forget about the plot, forget about the music, the animation of the film is a work of art by itself, a delight to your eyes. I take my hat off to the filmmakers.
The music, of course, also plays a big part in the film. It perfectly accompanies every moment, creating suspense and creating a strong sensation in the climax.
The plot of the film is also remarkable. There are funny situations, entertaining action scenes and a few sweet moments. But don’t get confused. By sweet I don’t mean corny. There are not tedious speeches expressing love nor the typical Disney heartfelt songs. The movie is touchy because of what the characters do, because of specific actions and not in a too obvious way. It conveys a beautiful message marvellously, reaching children as well as adults.
I don’t have anything else to say but to thoroughly recommend you this film. It is totally worth seeing and I think that, regarded you give it a chance, you won’t regret it. ♣
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– Written by GuadiRC –