Tuesday, 23 March 2010

On the Island of Berk, the villagers don’t worry about mice or mosquitoes instead their pests are a little more dangerous.

“How to Train Your Dragon in 3D” is brought to us by the very same studio that introduced us to animated masterpieces such as “Shrek”, “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda.”
The story centres around a Viking teenager named Hiccup, where fighting dragons is a way of life. However the Hiccup’s smarts and offbeat sense of humour doesn’t fit in with the tribes notions of what a Viking should be made doubly harder by the fact that he is the tribe leader’s son . So Hiccup sets out to prove them wrong but  that all changes when he has an encounter with a dragon that  forces him rethink his view of the world.

Its a heart warming story about friendship and relationships with people who are important in Hiccups life but like in Shrek it deals with how discrimination against those who are unknown or misunderstood can be caused by the fact that people are afraid of new or things that don’t fit into their notion of what is the norm.

The good, the bad and the ugly bits of the film:

The good bits are the one liners as always (DreamWorks writers certainly know the right formula for them). The twisting of the main plot; Hiccup dreaming of been a dragon killer to becoming a action hero without needing to kill was different and really interesting. The sub story of Hiccup and Astrid is not the main focus which is fantastic as it allows the audience to focus on the main story. Its just funny to see Hiccup trying impress Astrid and failing badly.

The bad bit is lack of interaction between the other teens in the movie who then end up helping him in the end. It falls a bit flat because it feels like a last minute addition to the movie that wasn’t thought out well. But the scenes when you do see other characters are funny.

There aren’t any really ugly bits of the movie it’s a trademark DreamWorks movie which is target to young people but adults will find it funny too.

The plot was entertaining, it hooked me and youngest brother from the first scene. It wasn’t a complicated film with loads of subplots which you wouldn’t expect from a DreamWork’s movie but the subplots with Hiccup trying to impressing his father by becoming the greatest dragon killer, getting Astrid to like him with the added pressure of keeping the dragon a secret from his tribe, it was engaging and involving for both of us.

The animation was well done, the similarity to Shrek still comes to mind. The 3D element didn’t actually make that much of a difference to me until the first couple of scenes of flying  and for someone with vertigo it really did make feel a little ill!

The script was well written because it kept the audience interested I don’t think a single person didn’t laugh when they were suppose to laugh, jump when they suppose to.

It was a lovely movie for a Sunday with family which was thoroughly enjoyed by the youngest member of my family and me. I would definitely recommed it!