Guest / Limited Access /
How to Train Your Dragon
Our Rating
3 Stars - Good
Average Rating
 
(16 user ratings)ADD YOURSHelp
Mpaa Rating
PG (for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language)
Directed By
Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Run Time
1 hour 38 minutes
Cast
Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera
Theatre Release
March 26, 2010 by Dreamworks Animation/Paramount

Brace yourself for the first 10 minutes of How to Train Your Dragon. They're among the most chaotic ever seen in an animated feature, as Scottish-accented Vikings bellow and grunt while warding off a full-scale night attack on their village by flying fire-breathing dragons. All the while our protagonist (a boy named Hiccup) cynically provides commentary with a crash course on the various characters and breeds of dragons—the introductions come so fast amid the dark lighting and shaky "camera" movement, it leaves you wondering which Viking or dragon he's referring to as they run/fly by. I feared the whole movie would be as numbingly busy and confusing.

Have patience. When Dragon eventually finds its wings—along with its heart—it soars.

The latest animated feature from Dreamworks (Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda) is based on the first book in a celebrated series by Cressida Cowell. It's a conventional tale about a boy and his dog (alien, whale, creature du jour) that we've seen aplenty, but I think kids will be dazzled by what they see—as will the jaded adults, thanks to the beautifully rendered animation (well worth viewing in 3D if you can).

Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) is a quirky and clumsy teenager who simply wants to fit in with Viking society by becoming a warrior, rather than remain the village punchline. His father, Stoick (Gerard Butler), is the heroic leader of the clan who has trouble seeing his incompetent offspring as anything more than a misfit. Nevertheless, he reluctantly agrees to let Hiccup attend Viking school, even though it probably means his son will get killed during his first (supervised) encounter with a dragon.

That might be the case if it weren't for one pivotal secret unbeknownst to ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Tags:
Browse All Movie Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current Issue
Subscriber Access Only Reply All
Responses to our December issue via letters, tweets, and Facebook posts.
Current IssueHow Christian Artists Blow the Whistle on Cultural Pollution
Subscriber Access Only How Christian Artists Blow the Whistle on Cultural Pollution
An excerpt from ‘Culture Care.’
RecommendedCan ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ Raise Christian Movies from the Dead?
Can ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ Raise Christian Movies from the Dead?
The church-friendly comedy aims to replace cringes with laughs—but does it succeed?
TrendingWhy Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and Hundreds of Evangelical Leaders Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban
Why Tim Keller, Max Lucado, and Hundreds of Evangelical Leaders Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban
Regardless of court fight’s final outcome, fewer persecuted Christians will make it to America under president’s plan.
Editor's PickChallenging the Narrative: How Race Complicates the Latest LifeWay Debate
Challenging the Narrative: How Race Complicates the Latest LifeWay Debate
Black Southern Baptists weigh in on the issues around removing Sho Baraka’s album.
Christianity Today
How to Train Your Dragon
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

March 2010

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.