Release Date: 15th Novemeber 2010
A kid's film I just decided to watch with my girlfriend one day and am so glad that I did really. Everyone had been raving about it but I'd never got round to it and I said it'd be one of the first films I reviewed and here it is right now about to get on to The Authorial.
How To Train Your Dragon follows the story of outcast Viking Hiccup the chief's hopeless son whom is desperate to be like the other vikings; in doing so he builds inventions because of his small physique to take out the things that allow a Viking to prove themselves: Dragons.
It's with one of his many machine's that Hiccup takes down a Night Fury one of the rarest and powerful Dragons in existence and it's this Dragon you see on the cover and whom becomes Toothless. Hiccup's fateful friend. We map out both of their growth through the film, Hiccup helping his crippled Dragon (it's tail fin gets damaged) and in doing so, then go on to save the Vikings by taking out the huge "boss dragon" at the end of the film.
Although the plot is good and the characters even including the voiceless Toothless and the minor characters are good; the thing that I loved about How To Train Your Dragon is an underlying parallel to probably most teenagers in modern day society. Those who are different, who feel out of place and like they don't belong who then find someone who is just as scared and lost as they are and growing with them. We see this in Toothless and Hiccup's relationship when they meet for the first time, they are both as scared as one and other and it takes them to start something great. It took two frightened outsiders to change a way of life set in stone for generations and this is what can happen in real life really when you think about it, okay, I'm not about to go ride a Dragon but it takes the youth of today to shape tomorrow...
However, I think the most lovely thing about the film is the ending, not only being filled with Viking and Dragon peaceful coexistence but how Hiccup (be careful there's a spoiler ahead) is maimed and loses his leg on a parallel to Toothless' tail fin and the Dragon repays it's friend through helping him cope as the boy had once helped him. Although this image caused controversy I like the thousand's of parents at the test screening thought that this image was iconic and beautiful in itself . This was a lovely thing to see that the two friends were united in all aspects and that a hero was not invincible...
Although this film is cute and makes me wish to invest in a pet Dragon (especially Toothless whom is like the cutest thing ever!) with a 10 year old Brother who is a fanatic on the books, He tells me that the film itself was mostly artistic license that the book was totally different and although I must admit from what he's described to me the film has a better plot; I think films should remain true to books just so you don't get fooled into reading them and not having the same experiences. The film is sweet, good and entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone.