Posted on 8/12/10 12:27 PM
(For some odd reasons, all the comments of my old review of this stayed. That is odd, but it is probably because of RT's terrible update)
With great animation, loving characters, and a plot that the film Eragon wishes it had, How to Train Your Dragon is one of the best, perhaps the best, dragon film ever made. With its charming jokes and get direction, How to Train Your Dragon might be your favorite animated film of 2010.
Plot: HTTYD does use many familiar plot elements. For example; there's the underdog that rises to the top, dragon training, beasts or people (in this case dragons) being very different than what you thought they were like, and so on. Yet HTTYD takes all of these and puts them together in a way I never thought someone could do. Unlike Avatar, it did not take an exact plot, some elements or re-used themes and put in a way that is wonderful for everyone to see. Watching Hiccup train the Dragon is wonderful and the flying scenes are just as amazing as mountain shots in Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately it is out of theaters, but those who saw this in IMAX 3-D, I envy you. While not related to the plot, this is how 3-D should be with animated films. Wonderfully done. With a story of a boy who tries to be like everyone else and ends up as different as he could be, and yet better, it will be hard to be disappointed with.
Characters: Hiccup is your usual underdog who everyone dislikes and yet rises to the top. The most loving character is Toothless, the Night Fury. Even though the dragons can not talk, the emotions are shown in the eyes and body language, making the scenes when Hiccup is alone with the dragons by far the best of film, with emotion levels on high. The rest of the characters, his father, the trainer, and his girl, get enough back story to enjoy but not so much we begin to expect more from them. The overall center of attention on Hiccup is well done.
My Enjoyment: I really loved this film at first like it was my favorite ever, but I slowly started thinking about and realized while it was good, it was not perfect. If the plot was perhaps more original, it would be perfect by no doubt whatsoever. I did enjoy my time and as I said before, this is what a 3-D film should be like. If the flying scenes in Avatar looked great, well, there's about 10x the flying here. Looked and felt great.