Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world.
Why did I watch this:
I went to go and see this movie with Cowboy when he was in town last. It was a complete childish indulgence, and yet I had a great time. I love animated movies. It goes back to being a child and watching Disney movies. But animated movies have also significantly grow in quality since then: Finding Nemo, Shrek, Walle, and Kung Fu Panda, are all movies that really help to push the envelope for what you can do with children’s movies that also make them more accessible to adults.
How to Train your Dragon was delightful. I liked the idea of battling misconceptions. And it wasn’t just in one arena. The boy was battling his own misconceptions of what it took to be a Viking, and in so doing also revealed the previous misconceptions that the Vikings had towards dragons.
I laughed at this movie. There are some very genuine moments. And we tend to accept the more absurd when it is in cartoon form. I find we are better able to connect to the story even if it has unrealistic elements, because we tend to allow our child’s imagination to take sway and let anything happen when presented with animation.
I cheered all the way to the end. This is definitely a movie I would buy for my nieces and nephew. This is definitely a movie I would watch with them, and this is definitely a movie I want for myself.