How to Train your Dragon was AWESOME! What a great movie, for kids and adults alike! Rotten Tomatoes has it at 97% on the tomatometer – How to Train your Dragon is Certified FRESH!
In typical DreamWorks style (think Monsters vs. Aliens, Bee Movie, and Shrek), the animation is stunning. The story itself pulls you in from the beginning, narrated by the ‘outcast’ of his Viking village, Hiccup, who coincidentally turns out to be the chief’s son. He is thin and weak, and nothing that his father Stoick (voiced by Gerard Butler) wants him to be.
Hiccup’s village is plagued by philandering dragons. And all Hiccup wants to do is kill a dragon to prove to his village, and his father, that he is a true Viking. But when Hiccup manages to take down a Night Fury, the most elusive and dangerous of all dragons, he realizes that he doesn’t want to kill it. The Night Fury has lost half of its tail fin and can’t fly, so Hiccup invents an attachment and with a lot of courage and patience, teaches ‘Toothless’ to trust him and gets him to fly once more.
How to Train your Dragon is a story of friendship and courage, and celebrates finding your own path. In the end, Hiccup helps his father defeat a giant prehistoric dragon (that all the others dragons have been forced to feed) with the help of Toothless and some of his new dragon friends.
The script was well-written and dynamic. The characters were witty and sassy and fun, especially Snotlout, voiced by Jonah Hill, and of course, Astrid, a fierce young Vikingess, voiced by America Ferrara. I didn’t see it in 3D but it was awesome nonetheless. The feeling of flying with the dragon was exhilarating and intense, and I can imagine that in 3D, it would be phenomenal. Since How to Train your Dragon was made for 3D, I would highly recommend seeing it in 3D (make have to make a return trip to the theater myself).
I would rate How to Train your Dragon four out of five stars.