Heh, Vikings. I like Vikings. So even though Iím not particularly keen on dragons, or ubiquitous cgi kidsí movies, I had to check out How To Train Your Dragon. Iím glad I did. Itís a great little flick.
How To Train Your Dragon tells the story of a young Viking named Hiccup who doesnít really fit in with his people. His father is the village chief, and is basically a rugged, respected he-man leader of the peopleÖeverything Hiccup is not. Their village is awesome, but is constantly under attack by dragons. All kinds of dragons. Hiccup tries to prove he can be one of the Vikings by capturing a dragon. What happens next? Iím sure youíve figured it out already. But that doesnít matter. Itís not a movie meant to keep you on your toes.
How To Train Your Dragon is an action packed, laugh filled journey through a different, magical time, and in 3D, itís quite an exciting ride at times! There are some really great action sequences. Yeah it can be silly at times (hello, itís a kidsí movie) but it has enough heart to make you think itís a Disney flick, and some of the visuals are so great, you might think itís a Pixar flick. The voice cast is pretty great too. The lead, Hiccup, is voiced by Jay Baruchel. He doesnít really sound as young as he should, but he does a good job. His father, Stoick, is voiced by Gerard Butler with a whole lot of gusto. Stoickís good friend and Hiccupís teacher, Gobber, is voiced by Craig Ferguson, and heís great too. America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristin Wiig are among some of the other voices. Great job all around.
Of course I have a few complaints. I really donít like the look of the dragons. I guess being a kidsí movie (based on a kidsí book), they couldnít really make them look too vicious. There are several varieties, and I didnít like any of them, except the Night Fury (great name). Even he looked a bit silly over all, but I like his black, leathery flesh. Kinda looked like the Black Racer snake, and really, kind of Metal. \m/
I guess How To Train Your Dragon could just be a rental, but I really think the visuals merit the extra $$$ to see it in 3D on the big screen. Enjoy!