How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: he must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it, and instead befriends the beast – which he names Toothless – much to the chagrin of his warrior father
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MY BEST ANIMATED MOVIE since ever LOOL .............
A true masterpiece from dreamworks. This is a movie that will be loved by many generations to come. The visuals are stunning and the storyline is an outstanding achievement. I'll only write a review if I enjoy a movie and this is no exception. A village of vikings is continuously raided by dragons for their food and the towns runt (Hiccup) who isn't allowed to help fight them off (because of his size) is determined to win his fame by killing the most feared (and never seen) dragon of them all. The night fury. After he uses a self made device Hiccup has his opportunity kill it and win the hearts of his village and the girl of his dreams (Astrid) but sees something deeper than the mindless monsters that he has been bought up to believe them to be. After winning the night furys trust, a friendship blossoms but Hiccup needs to somehow convince his village and his father (Stoick the vast) that these creatures are stealing from them for a much, much more menacing reason. My family and i love this movie. It has all the ingredients to make the perfect piece of entertainment for a great film. I especially love the touching scene where Hiccup actually manages to win Astrids heart. An unforgettable moment with amazing visuals and music. If you haven't seen this with your family. You are depriving them of an unforgettable experience.
So in my review of The Prince of Egypt, I briefly mentioned how I adored the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. And... yeah I do. Today I am only talking about the first one, the second one is so amazing that it needs it's own review too.This 2010 DreamWorks film is one of the most beautiful 3D-animated movies I've ever seen. Amazing animation, first of all. It is very photo-realistic. I can get lost in the world it establishes so well. It's one of the best looking world I've ever seen, on par with Avatar (2009). The flying scenes especially make you feel you are flying with the dragons.The story is riddled with cliche's, HOWEVER this is one of the times when the writing, pacing, and characters are so well done that it makes me feel like I'm hearing the cliche's for the first time. The story follows the formula of Steven Spielberg's E.T. with Hiccup, the main character, hiding the seemingly monstrous but apparently harmless dragon Toothless from his father and other vikings, however I would argue it's done as good if not better than it. On a side note, the sequence after (SPOILER) Hiccup loses a leg and Toothless helps him is not only heartwarming in of itself, but it is reflective of earlier in the film where Hiccup helps Toothless with his broken tail to help him fly again.The characters are all memorable, understandable and likable, and that includes all the various dragons (I love you Toothless). On the subject of the dragons, this is one of the few movies I've ever seen that doesn't personify or anthropomorphize the dragons, but it treats them like they are ACTUAL animals, not monstrous beasts as the vikings in the film see them as first. Hiccup and Toothless, the main character and main dragon, are some of my favorite DreamWorks characters.This film is very emotionally investing, partially due to the writing as well as the tone of this movie, which knows when to be dramatic and funny at appropriate times.Overall, this film and the sequel (which I'll talk about another time) is fantastic and one of the few things that prevents DreamWorks from being a complete laughing stock the past decade.RATING:9/10
It's just must watch. Animation is good. Story is good. Everything is good!