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How to Train Your Dragon
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

(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.


Despicable Me
Despicable Me (2010)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Family Movies of the Year. Not Toy Story 3, not How to Train Your Dragon, but Despicable Me. While I do wholly agree that both were better, Despicable Me will provide more laughs and for the kids, because that is what they go to see.

Plot: Gru, the villain who can never be the best, uses girls to infiltrate the best villains lair, steal a shrink ray, and shrink the moon so he can steal it. Slowly over time, his evilness goes away and he begins to care for the girls like a father. Many funny moments are added to make it all the more enjoyable.

Characters: By far the funniest is Agnes, the little girl. I'm 15, but the moment she looks at that large unicorn and says, "It's so fluffy I'm gonna die," I almost die from laughter. Most jokes centered around her are incredibly funny and smart. There are many "smart" jokes throughout the whole film with Gru and the other characters as well. It's also nice to show that under all evil, is good.

My Enjoyment: I do admit, I had more fun watching this that I did Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon. The reasons might include it was funnier and faster paced. I still do like Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon better, but I highly enjoyed this.

This is a must see in the horrible summer of 2010.


Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3 (2010)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I had a feeling going into the theater that when it was all said and done, and the now Toy Story TRILOGY would end, that the third and final film would become my favorite animated film ever. Toy Story 3, the last Toy Story film, did just that.

Many people worried that this seemed a silly way to bring the characters back one last time. Those people probably made like an Ostrich and stuck their head in the ground after the beautiful way Toy Story 3 re-introduced and sent off the characters.

Plot: Most know the plot by now. It was exceptionally perfect, showing someone in command, then others rebelling against the corrupt authority and yet keeping the Pixar charm to entire all demographics. There are many moments that will make you teary, weather from laughter or from sadness. Those who were major fans since in 1995 from the first one obviously felt high emotions at the end.

Characters: Buzz, Woody, and all the gang got the proper send off they deserved. My only problem is that what I find now repetitive is that the gang do not listen to Woody when he is telling the truth. The truth about Buzz in the first being alive, and now this, you would think they would learn to trust him? No matter, it is not a very big deal and the great thing about this is that no characters get very major changes. Woody is the same as he was in the first film and as are all the characters which is very fantastic.

My Enjoyment: Many films can be great, but boring. Others can be terrible, but very fun. This was neither. It was a fantastic watch and I had a fantastic time watching it.

Overall: An excellent way to end the Toy Story Trilogy. It is either my second or third favorite trilogy ever.


Inception (2010)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

My first review after I have reset them. Inception was my choice because not only is it my favorite film so far this year, it is my 10th favorite film of all time.

The Plot: Most of you know the plot by now, and I think most of us can agree, it is very genius. The whole concept of dreams in dreams, inception, extraction, filling the mind with your subconscious, and such, are just works of a true artist. I was beginning to lose hope in Christopher Nolan after I only slightly liked The Dark Knight, but turns the table on me. I owe you, Chris, my deepest apologies. My friend and I (both nerds I might add) discussed the film the whole time while it was playing, to make sure we were on the same page and to understand what was going on. To do that to two nerds, I salute you.

The Characters: Before seeing the film, every review mentioned the genius, the dreams within dreams, but never once the characters. I thought they were good, but not perfect. This is not Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter where characters are the #1 motive of the film, but rather a side of the film we can appreciate. Usually, when characters are put second to plot, I never would like it as much where as if characters were put over the plot. There is simple story of a man wanting to get back to his family. Not many other character details are given, but in a very, very rare occasion: it works for me.

The Acting: Superb. DiCaprio, Gordon-Levitt, Page, all of them were perfect for their roles I believe. Page espically. A normal college girl whose curiosity gets her way over her heard. They all fit their roles and there did not seem to be any slip-ups in terms of acting.

My Enjoyment: Many films I go in to see and watch to criticize and applaud, at the same time as thinking about the acting and plot. I try in my head to work out my review before I even finish watching the film. I had no chance to do that here, as I enjoyed every second of it.

Overall Verdict: One of the best films I have ever seen, 10th all time for me to be exact. The best movie of 2010, and there are few left that have a chance to contend.