Movie Reviews

Film Review: “How to Train Your Dragon”

(Paramount/Dreamworks. 1 hour, 38 minutes. Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language. Directed by Christopher Sanders and Dean DeBlois.) Voices of Jay Baruchel (Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third), Gerard Butler (Stoick the Vast), America Ferrera (Astrid), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), Craig Ferguson (Gobber), Kristen Wiig (Ruffnut), T.J. Miller (Tuffnut). Music by John Powell.

The latest from the Dreamworks animation factory (Shrek, Madagascar, Monsters vs. Aliens) will sit well with both kids and parents. It’s refreshingly unhip and un-self-conscious (my problem with the Shrek movies). Hiccup (Baruchel, also currently starring in She’s Out of My League) doesn’t think he’s cut out to be the fierce Viking warrior his father Stoick wants him to be. When he has a chance to vanquish one of the enemy dragons that plague his village, Hiccup decides there’s a better way. A mostly-predictable plot is made enjoyable by good voice actors and beautiful animation. Directors Sanders and DeBlois also wrote the screenplay, based on Cressida Cowell’s popular children’s books about Vikings and dragons. I saw the movie in 2D, but there are 3D and 3D IMAX versions as well. The kids at my screening loved it; yours might too. Regina