Review - How to Train Your Dragon (3D)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010), PG, 98 minutes - I've been hearing really good things about this movie for the last two weeks and I finally got a chance to check it out myself. I must say, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. The animation is excellent, the story is fun, and the use of 3D may be as good as it was in Avatar.

How to Train Your Dragon is the story of a young viking named Hiccup who can't bring himself to kill the rare and dangerous Night Fury dragon after shooting it down amidst a dragon attack on his village. Hiccup's father (the leader of the village) enrolls him in dragon training in the hopes of toughening up his son and making a proper viking out of him. Hiccup attends the sessions and takes the verbal abuse from the other viking youth in his class then sneaks off in the afternoons to nurse the Night Fury back to health. In the process he learns that dragons and vikings can co-exist and that the dragons attack because they are just as scared as the vikings are.

As you can guess, Hiccup's relationship with the dragon turns things in the village upside down and plays a huge part in the outcome of the movie. For that reason, I won't continue on and possibly spoil anything.

The voice acting is done quite well and there are many familiar voices (Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig). It's a great film for young and old alike. Like Avatar, How to Train Your Dragon was made specifically for the 3D format and it shows. Maybe it's because they both take advantage of aerial shots provided by the inclusion of dragons (or dragon-like creatures), but they are the two most well made 3D films that I have seen to date. This movie pretty much cemented my belief that unless a film is intentionally made for the format, there is no point in paying the extra admission fee to see a movie in 3D. I have been warning against the 3D versions of other recent films, but if you do take the time to check out How to Train Your Dragon make sure you do see it in 3D. You won't be disappointed!


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