About the Movie
Friendship. As a general rule, I prefer Pixar's films than Dreamworks. Films like Shrek or Madagascar do nothing for me, yet films like The Incredibles and Cars I really like. But after hearing (well reading on the interweb) a lot of praise about How to Train Your Dragon, I decided to go in blind and watch it. And guess what my initial reaction was? WOW THIS IS AWESOME! Caps intended. Here's three reasons why How to Train Your Dragon is a classic:
Reason 1: Awesome Score
I don't normally have the musical score as my favourite part of the film, but this deserves the top spot. I have always said that a good score can make a movie good, but an excellent score just lifts the movie in all areas. How to Train Your Dragon has probably he strongest score of any animation, and one of my overall favourite scores of all time. Yes, I thought it was that good. There is fantastic tracks from the very first scene, all the way to the end battle scene. It really does push the epic-ness, emotional or action scenes to a new height. Just go and listen to the score after you have seen the movie, you will enjoy it.
Reason 2: The relationship between Hiccup and Toothless
Pixar very well know that a couple of memorable lead characters can make a movie very successful with kids and adults alike. (Woody and Buzz, the Incredibles family for some picks). Well, with How to Train Your Dragon, Dreamworks have done exactly that. The relationship that bonds between Hiccup, an average teenager, but not a typical viking, and Toothless, a rare dragon called a Night Fury, over the events of the film is fantastic and interesting to see develop. I reckon it's one of the best pair of main characters in an animation movie ever.
Reason 3: Great character and Dragon designs
As Shrek, Toy Story and A Bugs Life will tell you, sometimes the supporting cast and characters are just as important as the main ones. How to Train Your Dragon is exactly that, the whole cast of characters, including the humans and the Dragons, are brining with good personalities and awesome designs.
Take the other main characters: you have Stoick and his booming presence, Gobber and his wise cracks and advice and Astrid with her good looks but is very tough. These, plus the other dragon training club, they all offer something new to the film. And I will say this: you will like all of them, including the dragons they ride, and want to see them all again the sequel - which is what a great cast should do.
How to Train Your Dragon is the strongest animation film DreamWorks has every completed. Yes, I went there. It barely puts a foot (or wing) wrong. If your craving for a Pixar style movie with Pixar quality, that isn't actually Pixar, then check this out. Because its exactly that - that's biggest compliment you can give with a CGI animation film.
My One Big Highlight
Because of the fantastic animation and score, my one big highlight is definitely when Toothless and Hiccup go for the first flight. It's a great achievement “Yes I've done it!” thinks Hiccup, and too right!
Elephant In the Room
The only slight bad point about this film I could think of is entirely subjective - Hiccups voice. Some people may find his voice slightly annoying (my parents do) but then I find it fine. Check the trailer out and see what you think.