Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
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…
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"
May has been a pretty bad month for me as far as the uh, quality of films I have been watching. I've been sifting through the bottom of Woody Allen's catalogue and my attempt at the 30 countries in 30 Days challenge left me pretty bummed. Out of the 13 films I managed to watch my average rating was barely above a 6/10. Needless to say I was ready to chalk up May as a lost month. That all changed when I decided to (finally) watch How to Train Your Dragon. It's sequel is coming out next month and I figured it was about time to finally give the original a shot…
For the longest time How to Train Your Dragon was my oldest son's favorite film. Between the ages of 2 and 3 he watched the hell out of it. He'll be 4 on August 22nd and it has probably been a year since he last saw it. I think he actually forgot about it. Watching it tonight was like he was seeing it for the first time and he loved it all over again. My 2 year old really liked it as well, but he passed out with about 30 minutes left. I'm a big fan myself because it's one of the few kids movies I rate 4 stars or higher.
One of my Favorite Films of All Times
Sometimes we enter a movie expecting the same old cliches and the same old recycled story realised in breathtaking animation just for the sake of enjoying it in three dimensions (The poster tends to confirm this even further). Even after the presence of all such traits, How to Train your Dragon easily ascends the steps to cinematic perfection. That is it's surprising achievement.
It begins with an exciting introduction to the town, it's people, their way of living, the important characters and of course the protagonist who constantly battles dilemmas in order to survive in a world he does not belong to (He is not really a viking, you see).
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Dreamworks was long seen as the animation studio that wasn't quite as good as Pixar. Antz, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda were all good - but not quite magical. Shrek was the first indication they could really be a contender, How to Train Your Dragon proved Shrek wasn't a fluke. They don't have Pixar's consistency - but they do 'get it'.
Hiccup is a young Viking growing up on a remote harsh island -Berk - where he and his village contend with regular raids on their sheep flocks from Dragons. All young Vikings yearn to become dragon slayers but when Hiccup encounters Toothless, a young dragon injured in a recent raid, he finds out that dragon slaying is hard. Toothless…
I wish I could see this in 3D. Now that I watch it again with my TV, the effects of the flying scenes are not as good. But still, how awesome is this movie? A great family movie with lots of heart.
He's no Vermithrax Pejorative, he doesn't talk, but Toothless has to be the most eloquent screen dragon since Elliott, with more character in a single blink than Draco or Saphira manage in their entire scripts. :D
The movie is engaging from the out, with the Vikings reminding me somewhat of the Gauls in Asterix (and, in fact, I thought the entire movie has a vague Asterix feel to it, which has to be a plus point in anyone's book). The story is fairly basic (our teenage hero Hiccup feels out of place in his community, tries something he thinks will give him standing, finds out it's not actually what he wants, finds an unexpected friend, turns the world on its…
Nobody liked the kid until he became what they wanted. That's a bullshit story to tell young children.
Some epic-visuals during the climactic finale, and a good voice cast, but that means nothing in the end.
Extremely boring with a horrible message.
Okay you know how this goes, I talk about the first one and then the squeal comes out and I review that. This movie has beautiful animation and the 3-D was actually pretty good.
Didn't look like a dragon to me but nice enough - I can see why people fap over it - the film that is - not the dragon. Would quite like my own dragon though after that film.
Drinking Game: "you referred to all of me"
Bottom Line: Feel good dragon fun - one of the better dragon films since Puff!
Surprisingly better than expected. Very entertaining and captivating.
About one third of the way through this film, I wasn't very impressed. From that point on, it really flew its way into my heart. Like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, this won't be featuring on any all-time film lists, but it is a warmly welcomed reminder that Hollywood can still punch out some decent summer films for the masses.
As a kid, I was never all that interested in dragons. Sure, I read and loved the Hobbit, and read/watched and enjoyed various other tales featuring dragons, but they were never a ticket item alone. If a dragon was going to be in the story, it had to be there for a good reason and serve a powerful…
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