Cinema Review – How To Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon is the story of a young Viking boy, Hiccup, and is attempts to fit in with his peers and neighbours by killing a dragon. This all changes when he actually captures a dragon and manages, over the course of time, to befriend it.

How to Train Your Dragon is based on the book of the same name by Cressida Cowell, but could more accurately be called How to Train Your Human since most of the time, Hiccup is learning more from Toothless – the dragon he captured – than Toothless is learning from him. The bonding between boy and dragon is fun to watch and both characters are easily understandable. This could be because Toothless acts and looks very like a cat – perhaps a deliberate choice to make the dragon more relatable. Toothless will also ring a bell with Disney fans, he looks and acts very similar to Stitch from Lilo and Stitch (and I defy anyone not to find Stitch adorable).

The film, overall, is fun and easy to watch but there are some problems with it. For example; why do the characters all have Scottish accents except Hiccup? These characters are supposed to be Vikings, and the Vikings were Norse / Scandanavian. If accents were going to be uneven, then they all should have been rethought. Another issue with the film is the giant dragon. The audience is told that this dragon eats the others if they do not bring it enough food, but seeing as it is encased within a mountain, what is the problem if they don’t bring it food?

That said though, this is not enough to detract from the film as a whole. It is definitely worth seeing as it is a sweet and entertaining story which is well told and animated (although DreamWorks might need to reassess their style as it is becoming slightly stale – Pixar’s style changes with the movie and DreamWorks should consider this). It is hard to tell whether the 3D adds anything to the film, so of you can’t catch it in 3D it doesn’t appear that you will be missing anything.

Rating: 3.5/5

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