Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How To Train Your Dragon

I am a huge fan of dragons, so when I first saw a trailer for How To Train Your Dragon I was very excited! From the trailer alone I thought it looked like a movie I would enjoy, and I’m happy to say I was right.

How To Train Your Dragon stars Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who is a non-stereotypical Viking. While everyone else in his village excels at fighting dragons, Hiccup struggles. His lack of muscles upon muscles leads Hiccup to use his brain instead of brawn and build devices to help him achieve the fighting edge needed to survive, much to the dismay of his father, Stoick (Gerard Butler), and the distain of the entire village.

During an attack on his home village, Hiccup uses one of his devices to take on the dragon of legend... the Night Fury. After enduring the wrath of his father and the village for the disaster that ensues from his actions, Hiccup later ventures forth to see his quarry up close. The experience changes the way he views dragons and the beliefs his village holds dear.

How To Train Your Dragon is a film that has a little bit of everything in it; fun quips, sweet moments, grand adventure, and positive moral aspects that aren’t heavy-handed in their impact. It also has a great line-up of actors in addition to Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler, with the likes of America Ferrera as Astrid, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs, Jonah Hill as Snotlout, and David Tennant as Spitelout all part of the cast.

As not only another 3D movie to hit the big screen, but also as a kid’s movie, it’s nice to know that DreamWorks didn’t feel the need to overdo the 3D and ruin the story for the sake of the effects. This movie is for anyone, young, old, or in-between, that embraces their imagination and enjoys a good story.

There are also plenty of fun things to look out for as a geek when watching How To Train Your Dragon, with things like basic gaming stats being quoted for each of the different dragons to FNRD in runic. While How To Train Your Dragon could work easily as a 2D movie, the 3D does add a nice touch to close-ups of the Night Fury and by taking the viewer into the moment and experiencing the ride of a lifetime... on the back of a dragon <3

How To Train Your Dragon hits cinemas on March 25th in Australia, March 26th in the US, and March 31st in the UK.

~ Rogue

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