How to Train Your Dragon

Posted on: 03/19/10 by Elijah Mendoza

Every once in a while a virtual unknown comes out of the woodwork and catches every one by surprise. With barely any trailers in theaters, posters in malls, and ads on TV, How to Train Your Dragon is one such movie.

Minor spoilers alert!

How to Train Your Dragon is based on the 2003 children's novel by Cressida Cowell. Honestly, we haven't read the book let alone have seen it in book stores. But if the screenplay is any indication, it must be one good read.

The movie follows the life of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his quest to become a Viking. As the son of Stoick the Vast (Gerard "This is Spartaaaa!" Butler), who also happened to be the chief, Hiccup had grown up wanting to become a great warrior just like his father. His small build and whiny demeanor, however, prevented him from accomplishing the one thing every Viking must do: slay a dragon.

With his dad looming over his every move, Hiccup secretly found another way to "take command" of the wretched reptiles with a little help from his pet, Toothless.

Though a big chunk of the movie did, in fact, show how Hiccup and Toothless trained together, two underlying themes gave the movie a different dimension - and we're not talking about the film being shown in 3D. How to Train Your Dragon dealt with the special bond between father and son and the importance of accepting people for who they are. Cheesy? Maybe, but both were conveyed in a very mature way that both kids and adults will appreciate and understand.

Unlike famous franchises like Shrek and Toy Story, we've only heard of this movie a few days before the screening. Sure it's made by Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks studios but if you're not the type who reads K-Zone regularly or keeps up with animation news, there's a good chance that this review is your first glimpse at the film.

As far as 3D goes, we can safely say that How to Train Your Dragon did an excellent job of using the technology. Panorama scenes were vast and comparable to those seen in Avatar and the cinematography gave it a Pixar Studios feel. Dreamworks, however, overdid it a little with the fast-paced flying scenes that went on for like, forever.

Hiccup's bullies-turned-friends play a solid supporting role. Astrid (America Ferrera) is Hiccup's love interest/fiercest competitor who slowly developed a thing for him as the movie progressed. As for the rest, they either filled the holes in the team or served as comic relief. Kirsten Wiig who played Ruffnut could have been used more.

How to Train Your Dragon is a proverbial diamond in the rough. It didn't make a grand entrance even though it deserved one despite the lack of a star-studded cast. It's like Jurassic Park back in 1993, and we all know how well those dinosaurs did at the box office.

How to Train Your Dragon opens in IMAX and digital 3D cinemas today and in regular cinemas March 26.

Be sure to check underneath your seat for hidden dragon eggs. Winners will get limited edition merchandise and a chance to win a trip to the Universal Studios theme park in Singapore!

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  • Touching story
  • Great use of 3D
  • Funny dialog
  • Flying scenes are a bit lengthy
  • Toothless looks like Stitch
Bottom Line
  • A great movie to start the summer with

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  1. Joanna Tuazon Mendoza: I want to see this movie again!
    March 19, 2020 at 7:09 pm

  2. sendzki: stumbled upon here looking for a good read on the movie...haha i agree...toothless do look like stitch haha..nice recap
    March 30, 2020 at 11:56 pm

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