An underrated lovable DreamWorks film

Posted: November 23, 2010 in Movie Review, Movies
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It’s just recently that I was able to watch DreamWorks’ animated flick How to Train Your Dragon. This film actually didn’t get much promotion here in PHL, that’s why the movie didn’t do too well at the box office, in terms of ticket sales. But movie critics praised the movie for its good, lovable points.

I couldn’t agree more! I fell in love with it right after watching the entire movie.
 
It’s hella good, overall! You get a scrawny boy trying to make his mark in the Viking world by being the first to catch and kill the elusive Night Fury dragon. Dragons such as Boneknappers, Monstrous Nightmares, etc., have its own distinctive features and characteristics, as well as killing maneuvers. But among these dragons, Night Furies are the most feared among all of the dragons fought by the Vikings, where young Hiccup is also one. Instead of fire spewing out of its mouth, Night Furies blast a bluish colored fire-ball accompanied by an ominous laser-like sound, a sure sign of impending annihilation to its target. They are also the hardest to catch as their smaller-sized frame and pitch black hide make them easily blend in the night sky. Hiccup, who is adept at building gadgetry, fails as a warrior as he is somewhat of a scaredy cat also wants to get a certain girl he likes to notice him. He builds himself a dragon catcher which catapults a rope designed to wrap around dragons rendering them momentarily immobilized; making them crash to the ground where they now become easy prey. If he can catch a Night Fury, it will be certain that his love interest Astrid will take a second look at him.
 
Fast-forward to short spoiler. DON’T READ ON IF YOU WANT TO WATCH IT FOR YOURSELF.
 
Hiccup manages to luckily catch a dreaded Night Fury dragon. After successfully finding where the flying beast crashed, he tries to kill it but sees that he just doesn’t have it in him to kill the pest that’s been plaguing their village for the longest time. He, instead, lets loose the dragon (which, by the way, the face looks like a cross between a house lizard and Disney’s Stitch, if you ask me), but wonders why it can’t fly far.
 
Seeing that there’s a lack of info on Night Furies, Hiccup goes back to the place where he found the dragon and begins cataloguing everything about it. It doesn’t take long for Hiccup to be able to befriend this elusive flying beast, as the dragon itself finds that the boy poses no real threat.
 
Soon, young Hiccup realizes that one of its tail fin is actually torn off, and it is now clear to him that that’s the reason why the black dragon couldn’t fly away. Our young hero fashions a makeshift prosthesis tail fin that fits perfectly fine to Toothless—the name he begins to fondly call his new pet dragon. Since the artificial tail fin can only be controlled manually, he decides to mount on its back and starts training Toothless to regain its ability to fly.
 
END OF SPOILER.
 
How to Train Your Dragon is actually part of a book series with some certain nuances uniquely applied to the film version. I am personally moved by this touching movie nearing the end of its 98 minute showing. There’s a great deal of lesson to be learned from it and I encourage everyone, young and old alike, to watch this animated film if you haven’t. The DVD copy includes a mini film on the story about the mythical (and fictional) Boneknapper dragon, which I trust you’ll also enjoy. Go get a copy. It’s worth it!
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