You know that movie that comes along every once in a while and just totally takes you by suprise and surpasses all your previous expectations? Well How to Train Your Dragon did that for me.
It is easier to write a review about a movie when you go in with a preemptive idea about the movie and that idea holds true; however, it is much more difficult to do so when the movie is waaaay better than you thought, but I will do me best.
Okay first let's talk a little about the movie itself. How to Train Your Dragon follows the story of a young viking teen named Hiccup who is well-voiced by actor Jay Baruchel (of recent She's Out of My League fame) and his grand adventure to discover who he really is. Ultimately our hero befriends a wild dragon and things take off from there (pun intended, no matter how unfunny or unoriginal it was). Sigmund Freud once said that the teen phase is a search for identity but I don't think he intended on it going this far.
Now, this is not the most original concept for a film. We have seen it in almost every other animated film brought to life on the big screen; however, this does not take away from the overall story and should not be a reason for anybody to not see this film. As a matter of fact, this film takes the whole "teen search for identity" thing and rolls with it, bringing it to life in a fresh, new, unpredictable story with fantastic 3D .
Okay. Now that we have covered the story line, let me lul you to sleep with my rant on this movie's 3D. IT'S AWESOME! Lots of the 3D movies today were not originally intended for 3D and were so sloppily edited for it during post-production. This effectively can become destracting and take away from the story. However, in How to Train Your Dragon the 3D is used in a much more sleek way- it just adds more depth. This 3D is not distracting and does not take away from the movie, in fact, it adds much more to this film and if you're going to go see it, see it in 3D, and you should see it.
This movie is very good and it is a good family film as well. I give this film a solid 3/4 stars and it is a definite see in 3D! It is about time Dreamworks learned something from Pixar.
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