How to Train Your Dragon (2010)(2010)
Animated adventure set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. This is from DreamWorks Animation (Shrek, Madagascar).... More
On the island of Berk where fighting dragons is a way of life, a teenage Viking called Hiccup (Jay Baruchel, Knocked Up) is out of favour in the eyes of his tribe and his chief, his father Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler). When Hiccup is included in Dragon Training, he takes the chance to prove to everyone that he's a natural fighter. But instead of fighting them, Hiccup winds up befriending a dragon, and attempting to set a set a new course for dragon and Viking relations.
BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Do yourselves a favour these school holidays and get yourself and your kids along to the Isle of Berk, to a cliff-top village with a fire-breathing problem. The story is simple but satisfying – it’s a straightforward ‘boy and his dog’ tale with added Vikings and overgrown, winged lizards.
It’s also the best-looking animated flick in a while thanks to visual consultant Roger Deakins (regular Coen brothers’ cinematographer). He did the same job for WALL-E. This movie offers up plenty of fire-lit scenes, full of flickering orange highlights and long black shadows. Then there are misty forests, hazy sunsets… it looks very cool, especially in three dimensions.
The 3D is best put to effect in the thrilling flying sequences, allowing for a real sense of soaring through the clouds (more than once was I clutching my armrests), and the simulation of hand-held camerawork energises the arena battles.
An action climax is suitably over-the-top and makes good use of three-dimensional fireballs and high-flying camerawork. This adventure story is an exciting ride for kids and an absorbing spectacle for adults.Hide
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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
3 year old: enjoyed movie with some parental guidance in appropriate spots. Some scary scenes. But he got restless 3/4 of way through. However, he raved about movie to all and sundry afterwards!
5 year old: really enjoyed movie but got a little scared in places (he is rather sensitive). Was fascinated by the whole amazing fantasy of it all.
Mum: LOVED THIS MOVIE! Great dialogue, beautiful story and illustrations. One to remember. I recommend this movie.
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