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The latest addition to the movie news lineup is How to Train Your Dragon. It’s based on (get this) a series of books by author Cressida Cowell! (Seriously, is any movie NOT based on a series of books these days?)
The story is about a young viking named Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third. Despite his lengthy and rowdy sounding name, Hiccup isn’t exactly a chip off the old viking block.
To his father’s chagrin, Hiccup shows little ability at the most important of viking skills: dragon slaying. In fact, he turns out to be good at the exact opposite: dragon befriending. This launches Hiccup and his new dragon friend, Toothless, into unfamiliar territory — with hilarious and sometimes frightening results.
Here are a few observations about the movie:
1) It’s 3-D-erific! There are a lot of movies coming out in 3-D these days, and most of them use the technique to immerse you further into the movie. How to Train Your Dragon uses it to make the most of the well-choreographed action scenes — especially the flying ones. If you like roller coasters, you’ll love this flick.
2) It’s kind of scary! Since the vikings in the movie are at war with dragons, there is some serious fire-breathing, dive-bombing, and sword-swinging. Also, for much of the movie, characters alternate between talking tough about hunting dragons to running for their lives.
3) It’s surprisingly heart-warming! The major lessons here are pretty great: 1) be yourself, and 2) don’t judge books by their covers (even if those books are monstrous, fire-breathing dragons). Hiccup isn’t a typical viking by any measure, but he teaches everyone — especially his gruff-and-tough father — that that’s okay. And, in doing so, he changes his whole community for the better.
Overall, I liked How to Train Your Dragon. It’s funny and action-packed, and kept me involved for the full run-time. However, let me say this: if intense action and harrowing scenes aren’t your thing, this is probably a movie to avoid.
What do you guys think? Have you read the book series? Are you planning to see the movie? If you do, come back here and let me know what you thought!
Talk to you next week.