Parents need to know that How to Train Your Dragon is an excellent book-based adventure comedy about a clever young Viking that includes some fantasy violence and potentially frightening images of dragons which could scare some young movie-goers. The dragons attack the Viking village, causing mass destruction, and in a couple of cases, they cripple characters. There’s some mild flirting and two brief kisses between teens, and one bittersweet discussion about a deceased mother (and her armored breast plate, which has been fashioned into two helmets). Younger or more sensitive kids may jump during the dragon-fighting scenes. On a positive note, with a strong female character and an honorable, brainy protagonist, kids will learn the value of cooperation, teamwork, and seeing beyond the surface of a situation.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
Based on author Cressida Cowell’s book, the story is surprisingly touching. It’s not just about a nerdy kid hoping to show-up his peers and win the attentions of a pretty girl in the process. It’s about the pressure of living up to your father’s expectations, self identity, war and peace, growing up, and other seemingly heavy themes that are seamlessly woven into a funny, gripping adventure. Ferrera, who at first seems like an odd choice to voice a platinum blond Astrid, is pitch-perfect, with her authoritative voice making Astrid sound appropriately confident and mature. As in Baruchel’s live-action comedy, Astrid seems out of Hiccup’s league, but she’s open-minded enough to realize he’s special just like this movie. How to Train Your Dragon is actually worth the momentary headache that 3-D glasses can cause. It’s spectacular, particularly when coupled with fire-breathing dragons flying around a colorful fictional island. The detailed animation on the Vikings (who are inexplicably depicted as more Scottish than Scandinavian, perhaps because Butler and Craig Ferguson, who’s the dragon-training teacher, have such great accents) and the dragons (so many different kinds, all with their own quirks and strengths) is on par with Pixar the standard-bearer of animation.
THIS IS The MOST FAVORITE MOVIE AND SERIES OF ALL TIME! A person never get bored of it, the strong messages and emotional moments between characters makes it even more loveable, and oh, don’t’ even get me started about the series! Riders of Berk, Defenders of Berk and Race to the edge! My lord, We never get bored of it (I’ve watched them so many times, over and over again!) How to Train Your Dragon is truly an amazing movie, book, and series. Audience remember watching it when their was a little girl in 3D, that was absolutely mesmerised by the vivid imagery, charming characters, and magnificent creatures. The attribute of the movie that really grew on audience was the deep connection between Hiccup and Toothless which is why people found the ending of The Hidden World a little difficult to cope with, it was absolutely devasting! It was honestly awfully difficult to see all the dragons farewell their human mates. Nevertheless, the humor of the twins, Snotlout and Fishlegs always brightened any sad day people may have faced. Something that really hurt was that the Twins, worshipers of Loki will have to live without their partners in crime, Barf, and Belch (This was a little hard to live with!).
Audience always admired the powerful female figure, Astrid but bottom line people favorite characters will always be Hiccup and Toothless (I personally love how cute Hiccup and Astrid are though). Personally, I think that The Hidden World’s ending was a rather an emotional and bittersweet way to seal the How To Train Your Dragon journey due to the reoccurring flashbacks and final moments between Hiccup and Toothless but at the same time it was really nice because ever since I watched the episode during Riders of Berk where they think they found another Night Fury, I became fascinated by the idea of there actually being another one!
The movie/series really awakened my love for dragons as a child then and most definitely now when I am older. This movie is my childhood. DREAMWORKS REALLY MAKES DREAM COME ALIVE!
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