How to Train Your Dragon

There are many reasons why I watched this movie twice, and I’m about to tell you why.

  • Realistically-textured animation. Two words: hair & hide.
  • Breathtaking cinematography. Watching it in 3D has its perks, but the 2D film did not take the magic away from the beautiful scenery, and this is something to look forward to especially in the exciting flying sequences.
  • Funny script. Lilo & Stitch writer-directors Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois will not fail to make you smile.
  • Stellar voice-casting. Jay Baruchel provided the right amount of dorkyness in Hiccup, Gerard Butler is stentorian as chief Viking dad Stoick the Vast and America Ferrera is a competitive, gutsy Viking girl named Astrid.
  • Coming-of-age twist. Think a bit about the matureness of Pixar’s Up. For an animated movie (with kids as a major demographic), it also deals with a sensitive topic which makes this movie not all fluff and sugar-coating. In the face of challenges, Hiccup’s resourcefulness gains him the knowledge he needs to overcome the almost-impossible. If we contextualize his wimpy-ness in Viking culture, he would have been the ultimate embarrassment to the rest of the world had it not been for the perseverance prevailing in his Viking blood.  He has made a lot of sacrifices for the love of Toothless, and their parallel situations are revealed nicely in the end…half a foot and a wing complete each other 🙂

I’m not surprised that it’s the top grossing movie in the US now even after 5 weeks in theatres. I better look for this 2003 book of Cressida Cowell to see how this adaptation compares to its original. Kudos to Dreamworks!

“How happy is the blameless Vestal’s lot
The world forgetting by the world forgot
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
Each pray’r accepted and each wish resign’d”

-An excerpt from Alexander Pope’s poem “From Eloisa to Abelard”