I plan to write this short review on How To Train Your Dragon by Dreamworks, and I hope you can excuse my English and poor grammatical skills. I just came back from the theatre and I get so excited just thinking about it. Okay here goes!
It currently has a rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 8.0/10 on IMDB, and I hope that's enough to convince you that this is a really good movie! What? Not convinced? Well neither was I at first. I was like "How to Train Your Dragon?" That's kinda like a mouthful, and it sounded like it had a cheesy storyline to it. But boy was I wrong.
First we are being introduced to this viking boy, Hiccup(Yeap they named him that), voiced by Jay Baruchel(She's Out of My League), who was nothing but trouble, and couldn't even deal with dragons to save his life(literally). His father Stoick, voiced by Gerard Butler(300), was the 'so-called mayor' of the village, and also a fearless viking warrior, who along with the rest of the villagers kill dragons to keep peace on their homeland.. Stoick was kinda ashamed of his son's lack of viking skills(Chicken Little ring any bells?) Anyway, somehow in a way to prove himself(and later failing at it), Hiccup found himself an injured dragon, which was the most feared dragon in the whole village. He took care of the dragon whom he later named Toothless(hah!) and the two bonded pretty well and he soon learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.
The animation was not fantastic or nearly as realistic as Avatar, but sits along nicely in the 3D bench with Shrek, Madagascar, and even Disney's Pixar's Toy Story and Up. And the way the storyline played out was so funny, it keeps you in fits of giggles the whole time. There were also really intense moments where you are sitting at the edge of your seat and you just can't wait for what would happen next. The dynamic flying scenes are pretty cool too, and this could be a plus for 3D IMAX viewers.
Baruchel really played Hiccup well, as the awkward, but surprisingly intelligent viking boy, who wanted only to please everyone especially his dad, but realized there's more than to just killing dragons. His sarcasm and wittiness will keep you laughing throughout, and he will win your hearts with just his down-to-earth vibe. For the dragon, well don't expect to hear any cheesy dialogue coming out from his mouth *coughEragoncough*. For him, action speaks louder than words! His gestures will make you squeal(especially you ladies and kiddies out there) and you get those (Shrek's) Puss in Boots moments that will make you go aww quite a number of times throughout the movie. (What can I say, I'm a girl!)
Though the animation style, or storyline, or cast may not be so original, but this movie truly entertained me and it was worth my money. I only feel this way towards Kung Fu Panda, and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, but this movie is probably better than both! You've got to check it out in theatres if you haven't yet. Below is the trailer, just in case you're wondering. Do not miss this! My rating? 9.5/10 stars. But I might as well round it off to 10/10! :D
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig
Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Screenwriter: Dean DeBlois
Studio: DreamWorks Distribution LLC