From the studio that brought you Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda comes How to Train Your Dragon—an adventure comedy set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild fire-breathing dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell.
The story centers around a Viking teenager named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who lives on the Island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen's rather progressive views and offbeat sense of humor don't sit too well with his tribe or its chief…who just happens to be Hiccup's father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler). When Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens—Astrid (America Ferrara), Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and twins Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (T.J. Miller)—he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters (and ultimately befriends) an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup's one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe.
MPAA rating: PG
It is one of the finest animated fantasy film ever made. The rides of Hiccup and his pet dragon named Toothless into the mountains and clouds are breathtaking.
Aside from the stunning visual effects, the film has a solid family virtue combined with the right mix of emotion and script.
The movie surprised me tremendously. I thought it was a movie made to entertain kids only but I ended up watching the film over and over again.
I give this film a firm 5/5 "Roos"
- Aussie Osbourne -