Review by: Kristin Manter
A Dreamworks Animated Film
In Theaters Now (both 3D and 2D)
Rating: Ten (out of ten)
Summary of movie:
From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda” comes “How to Train Your Dragon.” 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 doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges he and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view
How to Train Your Dragon was an animated film that will capture the hearts and imaginations of movie watchers of all ages. The underlying lessons of being confident in yourself and your abilities, being true to the desires of your heart, and standing up for what you believe in come across clearly without being preachy. From the opening scene to the ending, it is easy imagine yourself a viking living in Hiccup's village. There is enough action to keep the attention of even the most distractable audiences. Each character has distinctive personality traits that make them relateable and loveable. The stunning 3D graphics further enable the viewer to completely become enveloped in the film. This film had a great balance of comedy, adventure, and warmth and is most definitely a must see. Not only did this reviewer (as well as each member of my family) thoroughly enjoy the movie at the theater, but looks forward to adding it to my home collection once it is available on DVD.