How to train your Dragon - Dreamworks Movie Review
Dreamworks has a new animation film for kids and it’s called ‘How to train your dragon’. It was directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, and some of the voices are done by Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson and America Ferrera. I think this is a real jewel between all the films Dreamworks has been doing lately. After Shrek 4 and 5 and number ten zillion, the audience was ready for a new character and a new hero.
This film is about Hiccup (voice by Jay Baruchel). He is a young boy living in a viking village called Berk. His father Stoick (voice by Gerard Butler) is their leader, and he is the big stereotype viking, large and very skilled in battle. Except the battles these vikings fight are special. They do not have other vikings or people as their opponents, their village gets overrun by dragons every couple of weeks. Hiccups father wants Hiccup to be a tough and strong viking as well. But Hiccup is a small boy, who is rather clumsy and has never fought a dragon before. And every time he tries things go terribly wrong. Until one day he catches a dragon with his newest invention. And not just any dragon, a night fury, the most feared dragon of all. But no one in the village believes him, as he has lost this dragon after he caught it. After work Hiccup sets out to find it and kill it to prove the people in his village wrong. But when he finds it, he can’t get himself to kill the dragon and instead Hiccup name the dragon Toothless and they become good friends. Secretly of course, because the rest of the village and especially his father would be very angry if they ever found out. But as Hiccup learns all about dragon behaviour, he becomes the star pupil at dragon fighting school. And this means he has to kill a dragon for his final exercise. But then he finds an unexpected ally. Will they be able to explain to the village that dragons are actually nice creatures, and that Toothless is his friend?
The film is very funny and refreshing. All the characters have English and Scottish accents, which I though added a lot to the hilariousness of the film. Hiccup is a very sarcastic boy, which makes for some very good one-liners. The animation is very well done, and this just keeps getting better and better with every new film. Hiccup’s facial expressions are very good and clear, and often quite funny. You become very fond of him right from the start of the film. His mentor, Gobber (voice by Craig ferguson), is also great. He is a great dragon fighter and has lost an arm and a leg in the process. He now has several tools he can attach to the one arm, to make his life as a blacksmith easier. He is the one who looks after Hiccup when his father is out looking for the dragons nests, and his inventive spirit is an inspiration to Hiccup. ... is also the teacher at dragon fighting school. And then there is Astrid (voice by America Ferrera, the girl every boy in the village is madly in love with, including Hiccup. She is a great dragon fighter, and gets very suspicious when the clumsy Hiccup starts beating her at every challenge in dragon fighting school.
This film is great for young and old alike. Of course it is a film for children, but Dreamworks is a master at producing children’s films which will be enjoyed by the majority of adults as well. It is a great gift for young children, for teenagers, and for animation-loving grown-ups! So go get it now, and let me know what you thought of this film in the comments section!