Friday, March 26, 2010

How To Train Your DRAGON


The studio that brought you "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" releases "How to Train Your Dragon" today. Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, Dreamworks DRAGON is set in a Viking world plighted with crop and herd pilfering ... well, Dragons! This beautifully animated action comedy is the story of Viking-to-be and son of the towns leader, an awkward gangly teenager named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel/She's Out of Your League). What Hiccup lacks in Viking muscle he attempts to make up for in ingenuity with modern-for-the-time Dragon catching contraptions. During a particularly chaotic dragon raid he uses one of these contraptions to clumsily take down the most dangerous and elusive dragon that no Viking had ever even seen and lived to tell. When he goes to claim his prize he finds himself empathetic with the black dragon and releases it. As if pulling a thorn from the lions paw the two become fast friends making the remainder of his screen time much more difficult as he is put to the test along side his young Viking peers to earn his place in the tribe by killing his first dragon. Can he change the minds of his village? Can he change long standing traditional feud? You'll have to hit the theatres to see.

How To Train Your DRAGON is an exciting, fast paced, we'll written and voiced film, and where most films use the now wildly popular 3-D effect as a shtick to mask its lack of story, in this case its a welcome effect that only augments the films depth. Great for kids, awesome for adults and fun for all. Since the first screening I've been fighting off the temptation to head to my nearest exotic reptiles shop and get a black gecko, strap tiny wings on it and name it Toothless. Sigh.

In theatres today!

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