I was recently invited to view a private advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon before the general public release. After viewing the trailer, I couldn’t wait to go see it. I love animations and what better than seeing a Dreamworks creation in 3D.
Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, which is loosely based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The movie tells the story of Hiccup, a teenage Viking who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. However, Hiccup doesn’t exactly fit in with the tribe’s longstanding tradition and instead is disliked by them, and his father who is the tribes chief, for being different.
His life is turned upside down when he tries to prove he has what it takes to be a true Viking and hunts down the dragon he shot with a cannon. Later befriending the dragon, calling it Toothless, he challenges his tribe to see that they do not need to be dragon-slayers.
Reasons why I think How to train your dragon is a must see? The storyline flows beautifully from start to finish showcasing Hiccup’s rise from child to man, slowly building acceptance from his tribe, the friendship with Toothless and winning the girl of his dreams. Even though I loved the storyline (hey I’m a sucker for cartoons!), it was rather predicable at parts (almost clichéd such as winning the heart of the girl of his dreams) but this doesn’t take away from the fact that it is a brilliant animation.
The animations were spectacular from start to finish, particular scenes which make you go WOW, were when Hiccup and Astrid were flying through the air on the back of Toothless floating through the clouds and when the Viking ships were sailing over water, absolutely breathtaking!
My favourite parts? When Hiccup & his friends are at Dragon Training school, the fight scenes & the finale, added with 3D effects leave you in awe of the work it took to achieve this level of brilliance.
Even though a 3D ticket at the cinema is more expensive, it is definitely worth every penny, yet, will still be a great movie to watch in 2D & on DVD when released.
After viewing it, I have to say that this is by far one of the best animations I’ve ever seen & am calling it as THE BEST work from DreamWorks by far. I really hope there will be a sequel in the work as I now can’t get enough of those dragons!
Starring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Craig Ferguson. The film is scheduled to be released on March 26th in the United States and March 31st in the United Kingdom.
View the trailer below: