This Film Soars
[Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera]
Today was a momentous occasion. I went to see "How to Train Your Dragon" accompanied by friends and a 2 year old named Conner. He spent the entire film focused on the movie, quietly asking "what happened to dragon?". It was everything a rabid moviegoer wants in a young moviegoer protege.
SYNOPSIS: Young viking Hiccup lives in the midst of savage, strong kinsmen bent on killing the dragons that raid their village. Unable to kill an injured dragon he captures, Hiccup helps "toothless" to fly again and learns more about the species in the process.
Vikings, dragons, and misunderstood youth, oh my. Dreamworks dazzles us again with their latest animation. I didn't see it in 3D 'cause of the increase in ticket prices, but it was exceptional anyway. Jay Baruchel from "She's Out Of My League" voices Hiccup, a very non-viking-esque kid. Desperate to impress his clan leader father with his skills of killing the raiding dragons, he manages to down a never before seen Night Fury but is unable to finish the job. Realizing that there is more to dragons than what he has been taught, Hiccup takes all he learns from his new friend "Toothless" and applies it to non-lethal methods during his dragon training.
Majestic vistas, wildly adorned reptiles, breakneck rides through the clouds and rocky canyons, fierce Norse warriors, spindly young intelligent viking offspring, and an enduring Night Fury combine for a wonderful adventure. Funny, sad and action-packed, this movie has all the right stuff! The best part of the film is "Toothless", channelling a little Stitch from "Lilo & Stitch", plus the most comic characteristics of every dog and cat lovers pet.
"What happened to dragon?" is what the kids asked during the movie. You will have to go see it to find out how to answer.
Worth: Matinee and a Blu-ray