Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon

How to train your dragon tells the adorable story of Hiccup and Toothless. It is the classical a boy and his pet story, except this time the boy is of a tribe of dragon hunting Vikings and the pet is, well, a dragon.

It all starts when Hiccup, in an attempt to gain his father’s respect, shoots down a Night Fury (type of dragon), a feat no other Viking had been able to accomplish before. In the next day, Hiccup finds the fallen dragon in the woods. Instead of finishing off the beast, he cuts him loose and notices that the Night Fury is unable to fly; it lost one of its tail wings on the fall caused. Feeling responsible and fascinated by the creature, Hiccup starts visiting it every day. He brings food and names the dragon Toothless after (wrongfully) assuming that he had no teeth.

A friendship develops between them, Hiccup finds a way to fix Toothless’ wing tail, but that requires him to fly along and help him control the device.

Together, they explore the world around them, becoming inseparable and eventually finding a way to change the relationship between the tribe and the dragons.

The friendship that develops between Toothless and Hiccup starts when Hiccup looks the dragon in the eyes, in its most vulnerable moment and realizes that they are the same. Toothless is as afraid of him as his people are of dragons. They go on a quest to prove to the rest of the tribe that Vikings and dragons are not that different after all, and that there are advantages in living together.

The movie is beautiful, with fresh and exciting camera angles. It takes its time developing characters and situations, so every time the plot moves forward it feels natural, warranted. Some great voice acting and a story that pulls at the heartstrings makes this movie fun, light and enjoyable for all ages.

 

 

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