4/05/2010

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)


Who says family entertainment has to be nerfed? How to Train Your Dragon is a great action movie with an easy to like story, something you'd find in most Pixar/Disney animated films.

Set in world of dragons and Vikings, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) is a pre-teen struggling to make his father proud and follow the footsteps of the dragon-hunting Vikings. As he makes a connection with a dragon, he discovers that the body of knowledge his people has built over the centuries is full of inconsistencies. He then must reconcile the true nature of dragons and Viking communal knowledge/tradition.

Voice acting is top notch with Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (the last two are two of fave actors from Superbad). The animation is not that captivating, but the final battle sequence draws a lot from epic film inspiration. My only beef is that the film is a bit lacking on humor.

How to Train Your Dragon delivers the goods as a family-friendly adventure that kids and parents will like.


Rating: 4/5


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