Today’s IMDB Top 250 Guest Review comes from Cara of Silver Screen Serenade. She also reviewed Fargo HERE. Thanks for the reviews, Cara! 🙂 Now let’s see what she has to say about How To Train Your Dragon, IMDB rank 166 out of 250…
There are still some movies up for grabs if anyone wants to do a guest IMDB Top 250 review. You can find the list of remaining films HERE. See the full list & links to all the reviews that have already been done HERE.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010) IMDB Top 250
This movie…THIS MOVIE. Oh my God. I’m a little obsessed.
How to Train Your Dragon was one of those movies that came out, and I thought, “Huh. That looks kind of cute. I guess I’ll check it out.” So I went to the movie theater…and it blew my mind. I saw it twice, and I have been watching it over and over on DVD ever since I got it. When HTTYD popped up on Miss Mutant’s IMDb Top 250 Challenge, I was all over it. So here I am. Let’s do this.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
Music by John Powell
Running time: 98 minutes
Plot synopsis: (via IMDb)
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.
What I liked:
- Gees where to begin? How about the entire freaking voice cast? Jay Baruchel is perfect as misfit Hiccup; he’s sarcastic and funny and lovable all at once. Gerard Butler just…is Stoick, and it’s so wonderful to hear him with his natural Scottish accent. Same for Craig Ferguson as Gobber—love his accent. Plus, he’s just hilarious. Add in the voice talents of America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, and T.J. Miller, and it’s quite a cast.
- Oh! And did I mention David Tennant? Because David Tennant (a.k.a. the Tenth Doctor, for my fellow Whovians) tooootally has little fill-in lines for this! Apparently he voices the audiobooks for the series this film is based on, so they brought him on for this, too. Neat, right?
- Can I just say in general that I love this premise? Due credit to Cressida Cowell for that—she is the mastermind behind the books. I think bringing Vikings and dragons together is not only a lot of fun, but very visually interesting, too.
- The humor in this film is spot-on. It may lean toward appealing to the kiddies, but there are plenty of laughs to be had for grown-ups as well, which makes it an excellent candidate for family movie nights.
- TOOTHLESS THE DRAGON. He is adorable and hilarious, and he will absolutely warm your heart. The relationship he develops with Hiccup is too wonderful for words. Imagine the best human-animal relationship you can think of and multiple it by a thousand. I mean, that scene where Hiccup reaches out and touches Toothless for the first time…PERFECT.
- There’s an absolutely gorgeous scene where Toothless flies through the clouds with Hiccup and Astrid. Love it.
- The end of this film is sheer perfection. There’s a dramatic final fight, a very touching moment, and then just joy. I won’t ruin it if you haven’t seen it, but I will say this: Hiccup and Toothless were made for each other (*sniffle*).
- There’s a nice lesson to be learned here about being your own person—even if that means going against the grain. Hiccup has a tough time convincing his fellow Vikings about a few things, but he knows what’s right, and he stands by that. The little guy is an excellent role model.
What I didn’t like:
- Though the little romantic thing between Hiccup and Astrid is cute, it’s kind of unnecessary—the relationship we really care about is Hiccup and Toothless. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to see Hiccup get the awesome dragon bestie and the girl, but it simply becomes a subplot that is barely touched (heck, it’s hardly addressed in the sequel either).
- I do love the supporting Viking kids, but does anybody else find it weird that none of them have the thick Scottish accents that all the adults have? It’s a minor qualm, and I’m sure this was done to set the kid characters apart from the adults (and maybe to make them more relatable to American kiddies), but still…
- I wouldn’t mind spending more time getting to know some of the types of dragons. Some of them have weird rules—like having limited fire, needing two heads to start a fire, having to report to an alpha dragon, etc.—and some don’t. I think the film does a good job covering most of this, but there are a few questions here and there.
- By the end of this film, you will want a dragon. Like, a lot. I struggled with this for a long time. And after seeing the sequel, I am struggling with it all over again.
Summary: My issues with this film are very, very minor. I’ve already made it abundantly clear, I’m sure, but I’ll say it anyway: I adore How to Train Your Dragon. It’s one of the most creative, touching, humorous, and adorable animated films I have ever seen. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m going to be super bossy and tell you to go watch it RIGHT NOW—RIGHT NOW, I say!
My Rating: 9.5/10 (An A, maybe even an A+ on my rating system!)
Thanks, Mutant, for letting me geek about this film! Also, I’m sorry for so much geeking about this film. 😉
**Note from Cinema Parrot Disco:
Cara also reviewed How To Train Your Dragon 2 over on her blog. You can read her review HERE. Plus, if you’re interested, I’ve just seen the sequel as well and will also be reviewing it HERE tomorrow. 🙂
Thanks for the review, Cara! I love seeing when someone loves a movie so much. Makes me feel all warm & fuzzy! ; )
Yaaayyy thank you for letting me do this, lady!!! It would be impossible, I think, for me to NOT love this movie so much! Lol. Oh, and I’m digging the new design! Look at you, switching things up on us! 😉
Oh – is it okay? The other one was all messed up and I couldn’t fix it so I grabbed this as a temporary theme. Maybe I’ll keep it for a while! : )
I think it looks nice! Obviously, I’m a fan of the Princess Bride banner. 😉
Very nice, Cara Gale!!
(I like this movie)
A kids movie???
YEP : )
And I LOVE that you like this movie!!!
I love this film so much!
Also didn’t you know that all Scottish kids have American accents until puberty? And they’re all called shit like Brad and Chad and Corey but change names to Hamish, Craig, and Big Rab when they’re adults.
Hahaha! I so wish that were true…
Hahahaha. How did I know you’d have something to say about the accent bit? Wait–but Hiccup and co. STILL don’t have Scottish accents…and they’re 20! When does puberty happen in Scotland?!
Well, it still hasn’t happened for Mike… ; )
I’ll tell you when it starts happening to me
I really loved this movie. My kids saw the second one and said it’s even better so I’m going to see that one too!
I really liked the second one. : ) But it is A LOT darker…
see, they didn’t mention that. They just said it was so good, they liked it better than the first and that I’d love it. Are they saying I’m dark or something LOL -knowing my kids they probably are…
Yeah the second one’s great!! Personally, I didn’t like it quite as well as the first, but it’s a very worthy sequel. 🙂
I’m sure I’ll like it. Usually the sequel isn’t quite as good but, apparently I’m ‘dark’ according to my bad kids, so I will most likely enjoy it.
Reblogged this on Silver Screen Serenade and commented:
In case you haven’t already figured it out, How to Train Your Dragon is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, I would’ve covered it for the Blogiversary Bash if I didn’t know it was going to be popping up over at the awesome (and newly designed) Cinema Parrot Disco! Have a look at this review and marvel at my geeky love for it. Thanks for having me, T9M!!! 🙂
I don’t do animation but HTTYD is one of my rare exceptions. It’s just wonderful. I can’t fault anything. Although I’m still confused as to why the adults have Scottish accents and the kids have American accents.
EXACTLY. The accent thing is weird. Still, great film! Glad to hear you like this one, too, lady! 🙂
Great review Cara! Can you guys believe I have never seen this? Gasp! That’s it this review has made me a believer I need to go see it. Sounds so cute and I love all the actors you mentioned especially the main guy Jay.
Oh yes – you should check this one out, Melissa! Would love to know what you think of it. : )
Yes I know !! Need to see I should have done that this weekend. But you know how hectic life gets. 😦
Love this film and I’m glad the sequel wasn’t awful and did the original justice!
Yep! Always nice when a sequel isn’t terrible. I thought it was definitely a good one. : )
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