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Friday, April 9, 2010

[9.25/10] How to Train Your Dragon [3D] (2010)


How to Train Your Dragon [3D] (2010)

While the premise of "How to Train Your Dragon" may seem tenuously related to that of other films of its ilk, the way in which it's actually delivered makes the whole movie feel all its own. It's a simple story, beautifully told! Tolerance, understanding, and parental approval themes are explored with charm, humor and grace in this great adventure. The two main characters, Hiccup, voiced surprisingly brilliantly by Jay Baruchel, and Toothless, are incredibly endearing, and their relationship is unfolded in such a way that's nothing short of tear-jerking. "How To Train Your Dragon" also has a wondrously, appealing visual style. There are some moments in the film where the images placed on the screen are so emotionally resonate and brilliantly perfect that they teared me up. The movie is from the same team that brought us "Lilo and Stitch", and you can tell they really put a lot of love into this movie. From the landscapes to the various camera angles, everything was done to give an epic and open feel to the world. The dragons look amazing and it was nice to see a variety of them rather than just one breed. The film pushed CGI to its limits and the 3D worked really well during many of the scenes, especially the flying sequences. John Powell's fantastic score adds another dimension to the already epic film landscape by amplifying the sensations of every scene. "How To Train Your Dragon" can surely be added to the list of fantastic animated films of the past 10 years - a terrific film about family, friendship, individuality, and the importance of understanding before action. It is simply a beautiful, fun and spectacular piece of work!

  • My Rating: 9.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 98% (7.8/10)
  • IMDb: 8.3/10

2 comments:

DEZMOND said...

I kind of feel like a winner now, because throughout last year I've been promoting DRAGON extensively over at HOLLYWOOD SPY, and many people laughed at me, saying it will be another cheap movie for kids, but as you said yourself it is a truly magical cinematic experience both visually and dramatically.

nebular said...

I was blown away by "Dragon"! It was so entertaining, so so visually beautiful and captivating, I couldn't take my eyes of it.
Dez, you totally have the right to feel like a winner. Now we both can laugh to those who said that "Dragon" will be another cheap animation ;)