Critics Consensus: How to Train Your Dragon Is Certified Fresh
Plus, Hot Tub Time Machine is a raunchy good time.
In the world of CGI animation, DreamWorks has long played second fiddle to Pixar. However, critics say that if How to Train Your Dragon is any indication, the gap between the studios may be narrowing. Dragon tells the tale of Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), a scrawny Viking who wants to kill dragons, just like his old man (Gerard Butler). However, after a chance encounter with a friendly dragon, he begins to rethink past prejudices -- while soaring above the clouds on the monster's back. The pundits say the Certified Fresh How to Train Your Dragon's visuals are awe-inspiring, utilizing the 3-D effects to the fullest -- and if the plot's not quite as strong, the voice cast is game and the script is mercifully free of vulgarity. (Speaking of vulgarity, check out Dragon star Craig Fergusen's Five Favorite Films here.)
Also opening this week in limited release:
- Bluebeard, Catherine Breillat's take on the classic serial-killer tale, is at 100 percent.
- Waking Sleeping Beauty, a documentary about Disney's late-1980s and early-1990s animation renaissance, is at 91 percent.
- The Eclipse, an Italian comedy about a middle-aged man tasked with entertaining his grandmother and her feisty friends, is at 86 percent.
- Chloe, starring Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson in an erotic thriller about a young woman who is enlisted to test a straying husband, is at 49 percent.