How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

March 31, 2010

I took my 4-year-old to see How To Train Your Dragon this weekend.  We saw it in 2-D, since he doesn’t like to wear the glasses and personally, I think 3-D is just a gimmick anyway.  I don’t think we missed out on much.

The plot is fairly simple.  But no one would really go to see the movie because of its plot.  Either you have kids, or you like dragons, or both.  For a kid’s movie, it’s not bad.  It doesn’t rely on gross-out humor and the action is relatively entertaining.  The flying scenes are great even in 2-D.

One of the main reasons we went to see it because the main dragon, Toothless (lame name by the way), looks like our cat.  All the dragons in the movie are very cat-like in their behavior and movement.  So kids who like cats should enjoy it.

Toward the end of the movie you learn that the dragons aren’t stealing sheep to be mean, they’re stealing them to feed a giant dragon that would be killing everyone otherwise.  But then you have to think, why did Night Furies just destroy the shit out of the village all the time then?  Just to be bastards?   But it’s a kids film, just don’t think too hard and you can enjoy it.

I asked my son afterwards if he liked it as much as Wall-E or Kung Fu Panda, and he said “About the same”.  Those are two of his favorite movies so that’s pretty good, for him.


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