One thing I noticed is that while it's pretty easy to discover great old movies, it's not as easy to…
How to Train Your Dragon
One adventure will change two worlds
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
I wish this was my autobiography.
“Stop trying so hard to be something you’re not!”
Cats are perfect.
Please don’t misunderstand. Dogs are frequently wonderful. They can be sweet and adorable and affectionate and altogether grand. But dogs also carry with them a whiff of desperation—their need to be loved is often charming but sometimes exhausting. Like a good-natured but overly forthcoming friend, you enjoy their company but find them overly communicative; they forget that some things are best left unsaid. As Mark Twain wrote, “If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow.”
Cats, meanwhile, know no sin as they operate under the Nixonian imperative that their actions are definitionally above reproach. They outpaced mankind on the domestication front, habituating, though not…
I previously reviewed this film and gave it 3 1/2 stars which is accurate. I'm posting this review for my 2yr old son who absolutely loves it. It's the first movie he's shown a lot of interest in so his review is as follows.
"Whatcha dragon moomie yep?" Whatcha dragon moomie hahaha"
Dracarys! – Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven KingdomsKhaleesi of the Great Grass Sea,Breaker of Shackles/Chains,Queen of Meereen, Princess of Dragonstone (For the se7en god’s sake girl in one year or two I have to put a full paragraph of your titles)
Everything starts with a narration moving slowly to a storm of dragons; fire and flames, and screams of terror and many women cry of fury and strength by men against winged beasts in the skies of Berk, the most extraordinary Viking land, and all that is narrated by a simple wimpy kid named Hiccup. With a combined name of your personality; you like and care about him…
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I can’t remember being moved this much since Spike Jonze’s Her; my emotions are all over the place and there are simply not enough words to justify the amazement that I had when watching this film.
DreamWorks in all of its lifespan has always been undervalued due to Pixar and Disney’s success, they certainly have brought memorable and classic animation titles like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar; and having seen all of those, I can confidently say, neither of them have been able to challenge Pixar in regards to three-dimensional animation, and Disney with its captivating charm. DreamWorks seems to have already understood that competing with Disney is futile, they…
Why oh why did all vikings, except for the teenage ones, have Irish or Scottish accents? Is it because they sound more authentic that way or what? And why weren’t, the main characters at least, modelled after their voice actor or actress? How to Train Your Dragon - godawful title by the way - has an easy to digest message and looks reasonably pretty, but it never in my opinion matches the out-of-the-ordinariness of its titular legendary beasts. When I checked out what other features had come from directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders it all made sense; on comparing character design, they could have just as well called this film Hiccup and Stitch. It’s an observation that applies to…
These five stars are straight from the heart.
It's fun and enjoyable, but Pixar-quality? Nah.
Nominated - Best Animated Feature Film
Nominated - Best Original Score
Things I like best about animated action-adventure films, as opposed to live action films:
1) They completely abandon handheld shaky-cam sequences. Everything is meant to be seen as clearly as possible.
2) They're colorful and visually dynamic; not everything is color corrected blue-gray.
3) The CGI designers are more akin to artists than technicians; they're concerned with making something look interesting rather than making something look like the instructions they were given.
i watched this in french and it still wasn't good
How to Train Your Dragon is a brilliant little animated film that was let down by its name and marketing. This film is brilliant. Heartwarming, adorable, action-packed, exciting, and everything in between. The main character Hiccup is a viking who doesn't fit into the culture or meet his father's standards and can't get in with the dragon-slaying that is the mark of status in their world. I think the way that Hiccup is set up and the way he learns to love and become genuine friends with his dragon toothless you feel the emotional journey throughout and it matters to you. You also get his affection for the proverbial "hot-girl" (who is really epic and good at everything) Astrid and…
I can't believe this movie has been out since 2010 and I've only now just watched it. This in spite of just about everybody I know telling me how much I would love it. And you know what?
They couldn't have been more right.
I watched this this in 2D, and yet it felt 3D. The action and the dragons literally flew off the screen and I was completely engrossed throughout the entire run-time.
It's a magical and enchanting, feel-good, family-friendly piece of art of a film and I was thoroughly moved and entertained.
Can't wait to watch the second one.
Dreamworks' best film.
Not on Letterboxd:
218. "Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen-MUST WATCH END!!"
For the last three years, I've kept a log of the films I showed my kids as they were introduced…