Keeva Stratton fromÂ Quip Creative
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera
Based on a story by Cressida Cowell, How to Train your Dragon 3D is the latest in line of the popular DreamWorks animated features. In a medieval society whose heroes prove themselves with heroic slaying of dragons, and whose legends have formed based on mighty wars with these creatures, we are introduced to Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), a physically challenged young Viking, attempting, without success, to fill the rather large boots of his dragon-slaying father, Stoick (voiced by Gerard Butler).
When Hiccup captures a deadly dragon by chance, he has the long-desired opportunity to prove himself, but when he cannot bring himself to kill the dragon he begins instead what is to become a rather complicated-yet-beautiful friendship.
Torn between his desire to impress his father and his growing fondness and respect for these amazing creatures, Hiccup faces the challenge of changing the Vikings\’ understanding of dragons, from foe to friend â€“ a challenge that seems near impossible when hating and fearing dragons has been intrinsic in their culture for so long (hearing the moral of the story yet?).
The characters are interesting, witty and well scripted. At times they parody with success the over-analysis of today\’s parent child relationship, and at other times they remind us of the very serious message that fear of others is simply no excuse for violence and hatred.
The writers strike a welcome balance between purporting moral lessons and offering a look at the lighter side of human (or Viking) kind.Â The acting and animation is first-class, with dynamic voices that inhabit and flesh out the characters, rather than sounding like familiar actors playing characters.
Even though I am not a fan of having to perch the 3D glasses on my face, the 3D element adds another layer of richness to a story filled with fun and fantasy.
For all who\’ve attempted to train dragons, succeed as a Viking conqueror, or just for lovers of animated films that entertain both children and adults alike, How to Train Your Dragon is simply magic. A perfect hour and half of childlike cinematic escape.
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Category: Film & TV