Review: How to Train Your Dragon

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Genre: Family
Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Staring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig
Released: March 26th 2010


Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, the action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesnt exactly fit in with his tribes longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccups world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.


Jay Baruchel is once again typecast as the awkward outcast underdog. Seems to work for him. And while I typically can’t stand Jonah Hill, his character was atypically Hill, but just enough not that it didn’t bother me.

And the visuals. Holy crap, you could watch this movie with the sound off and it would still be worth the price of admission. Dreamworks certainly took it up a notch here. Watching it in 3d, the flying scenes really had me feeling like I was on a dragon soaring through the air. James Cameron could learn a thing or two about filming flight from this movie. Seriously. And those scenes were so well done that even without 3D they would still be immersive. The battles, the flights, and even the little details in the landscape all contribute to a visual feast.

The story has more depth to it than I thought we would see. Watching Hiccup and Toothless bond with very little dialogue is a thing of beauty. They REALLY captured personality in form here. Powerful stuff.


I was still put off by the style of the character designs ever so slightly. The Dragons still had a “too clean” cartoony look to them with all the symmetry and clean line designs. But honestly it works with everything else and adds a unique flavour. So while I wont be collecting the toys, its a very minor thing to be bothered by considering in spite of the hokey dragons, they really work in this.


Very enjoyable and a heart pounding visually stunning movie that kids and adults will get a HUGE kick out of. There are some obvious moral lessons but they are not preachy and not shoved down your throat. I can’t say enough good things about the movie. Just go see it.

I give How to Train Your Dragon a 9 out of 10

  • 420BAND

    Me too!, just for the flight scenes cause they looked awesome. and the final battle scene where the huge dragon fire breathed on the ships and the vikings were shown falling under water looked incredible, my mouth fell open during that spectacle!

  • Anti-Septic

    I saw this in 2D today and I loved it, I cannot say I am missing anything from the 3D but I may go see it again.

  • 420BAND

    Saw it..
    Gotta eat my words before from basically sayin’ it looked lame.

    Movie had me and the little one captivated the entire time.

    the flyin’ scenes gave Avatar a run for it’s money and felt awesome(saw it in 2-D) loved Toothless’s expresions and interaction w/ Hiccup.

    awesome final battle!
    This is Movie-making.
    story and execution were great!
    loved it!
    DreamWorks got this one right.

  • Harsh (gypsydreams101)

    And I totally agree……THE best movie so far……just like The Fantastic Mr. Fox last year……

    Animation’s the new “IT” thing.

  • Harsh (gypsydreams101)

    No, no, I mean box office wise…..

  • Harsh (gypsydreams101)

    Yo, Rodneykins (excuse that), what’s the verdict on this film? Is it a supersmash hit or just another hit?

    • Rodney

      I gave it a 9 out of 10. For me it was the best film of the year so far.

    • James (Hazmat)


      only JAMES (HAZMAT) can call rodney Rodneykins, Rodneynibbles, Rodneytron, Rodneysaurus, Hot Rod or Rodneynator (or many others i know)

      Sorry harsh, i copyrighteted like years ago.

      • Harsh (gypsydreams101)

        I doth apologize, Jamesypooh.

      • James (Hazmat)

        its ok.

  • Matt

    I really would like to see this movie, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Now it seems all the 3D theaters around me are showing Clash of the Titans :(

  • 420BAND

    I dont get the whole Kung-fu panda love, Sharks Tale was better than that lame excuse for a movie.

    Pixar is Pixar.

    Shrek(first and 2nd) rocked but thats about it.
    Meatballs was cute fun
    monsters vs aliens was just O.K.
    Madagasgar is played out

    and the (other studio) Ice Age films look cheap

    the thing that put me off with this was the different dragon looks, early trailers didn’t help. BUT after hearin’ the Rave Reviews I’ll give it a shot and be open-minded.