ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

In Review: How to Train Your Dragon

Updated on April 12, 2010

Do you plan on seeing How to Train Your Dragon?

See results

Not Just For Kids

This past Wednesday, I had the good fortune of seeing How to Train Your Dragon in an empty theater. It should be noted that it was a late showing and on a night when few people normally venture out to see a movie and therefore has nothing to do with the quality of the movie. I only mention this detail because it was the first time in a long time when I could thoroughly enjoy seeing a movie in a theater. However, I have a feeling I would’ve enjoyed the movie itself even if the theater had been packed.

Set in a mythical Viking world, How to Train Your Dragon serves as a reminder that the best friendships begin when you least expect them to. The film opens with the first of many battles. You see every night or so the island of Berk is attacked by dragons of various shapes and sizes. It is up to the Vikings led by their Chief, Stoick the Vast (voiced by Gerard Butler) to defend the island. On this particular night, his only son, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), has decided to help the Vikings by using one of his inventions to capture a rare dragon called a Night Fury. Though his invention works and downs the Night Fury, Hiccup is a bit of a runt and requires his father to help him flee another dragon. Instantly, it becomes clear that Hiccup is not only an embarrassment to his father, but to the entire village. The following day, Hiccup goes to the forest to find and kill the Night Fury. However, he is unable to kill it and instead sets it free. Later that day, in an attempt to turn Hiccup into a true Viking warrior, Stoick enrolls his son into a dragon training program that is lead by Gobber the Belch (voiced by Craig Ferguson). He then leaves the island along with many of his warriors to seek out where the dragons are coming from. Wanting to prove the Vikings wrong about dragons, Hiccup returns to the forest to find the injured Night Fury. Though they are fearful at first of the other, Hiccup and the Night Fury (who Hiccup names Toothless) quickly become friends. After some time, with the help of a Hiccup made prosthetic tail, Hiccup has trained Toothless to be an obedient dragon to the point that Hiccup can soar around the island on Toothless’s back. However, when another Viking teenager named Astrid (voiced by America Ferrera) sees Hiccup and Toothless interacting and threatens to alert the adult Vikings Hiccup suddenly realizes how much danger he has put his dragon friend in. Will Astrid tell on Hiccup? Given the chance, can Hiccup teach the other Vikings how to train their own dragon? What will happen when Stoick finds the Dragon’s Nest? To learn the answers to these questions, you must see the movie.

Co-directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon is the most visually stunning children’s movie since Disney’s Up. I wish the movie had been longer because it was so much fun to watch. The computer animation is so well-done that even at a 2D screening you feel as if you’re flying along with Hiccup and Toothless. Plus, the story is interesting and holds your attention till the credits roll. The only complaint that one might make is that there is a lot of violent scenes, but anyone who has seen this movie’s coming attractions knows this beforehand and will not be surprised.

As cheesy as this will sound, How to Train Your Dragon should have been called How to Train Yourself to Thrive as an Outcast. Like Hiccup, many of us have been made outcasts because we don’t fit into the common consensuses’ mold. We’re actors in a school full of athletes. We’re bookworms in a class full of slackers. We’re the odd ones out due to our political/social views and our general outlook on the world. Like Hiccup, we want to catch our own Night Fury, but, once caught, we don’t know what to do with it. We seek out others like us, but foolishly runaway from those same people because, while they may share in our same interests, they don’t dress or look like us. Thankfully, we Hiccups usually come to our senses and rejoice in our new friendship. How quickly our differences can fade away when we become friends.

As stated before, except for my guest, I was alone in the theater. Having complained about rude audience members after too many recent movies, it was refreshing to not have that complaint this time. While it would’ve been fun to have heard children react to the story, it was relief to not have to listen to obnoxious teenagers yell things at each other and to be walked past by couples wanting to leave early because they obviously bought tickets to the wrong movie. Having the theater to ourselves, we could enjoy every second of the movie and feel like we didn’t miss a move. I hope that when you see How to Train Your Dragon you are treated to the same viewing experience as we had. Just because it’s a movie about Vikings and dragons doesn’t mean audience members have to act like them.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • jeremytorres profile image

      jeremytorres 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for the review.

    • Stevennix2001 profile image

      Steven Escareno 

      7 years ago

      Although I think you do a great job supporting your arguments, and wrote a great review, I think the whole outcast theme has been over done to death in movies; which relates to why I didn't really care for it. Seriously, you can name like over 100's of films that carry the exact same theme, and have done it better too than this movie.

      However, I'm glad one of us enjoyed the film, at least. lol. By the way, I know exactly how you feel about the loud screaming audiences, as i remember once going to see "the last exorcism" for the second time, the teenagers behind us were so loud you could barely hear the movie. Seriously, some people need to learn to be considerate and shut up when watching a movie. Oh well. I guess to each their own. lol. Anyways, great review!

    • LowellWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      L.A. Walsh 

      8 years ago from Lowell, MA

      Thanks, thevoice, for your comment. Much appreciated! :)

    • thevoice profile image

      thevoice 

      8 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific review read thanks

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)