Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
Well this was a pleasant surprise. Even with all the good things that I had heard about this film, (and Craig Ferguson in it!!!!) I still approached watching it with moderate to severe trepidation. Almost every time that I’ve been told a children’s’ movie is phenomenal, I have always been severely let down (I’m looking at you, “Finding Nemo”, “Ratatouille”, and “Wall-E”). But “How to Train Your Dragon” is a very entertaining and hear-felt movie that can even warm the heart-cockles of an admitted cynical cinefile like myself.
It certainly helps that Craig Ferguson is in this movie (did I already mention that?!?!) I can’t lie. But really, he brings nothing special to the table other than the smile I get whenever I hear his voice. (I also smile whenever I see a pretty lady, I promise girls!) But the animation is also top-notch. Visually the film is a treat to behold. The dragons and characters are also (for the most part) well designed and (in the case of the dragons) disarmingly adorable. (I really need to start butching up these reviews and stop with man-love, and cutesy words if I ever want to get a date… did I also mention that while I’m writing this, I’m watching the NBA Playoffs? That’s manly right?)
The voice acting is also well done. Gerard Butler in particular surprised me with his ability to shine through a computer(aly) generated character. But everyone from Jay Baruchel to America Ferrera to Craig Ferguson(!!!) are all entertaining. It’s certainly a movie worth seeing, regardless of age (and I can surely attest that the grandmother and grandson who were in line in front of me at the box office, buying tickets to see “Kick Ass”, would have had a much more entertaining and less awkward time with this film… did I mention that the boy was probably only 10 years old at most??). All in all I’d have to say this was the most entertained I’ve been at a cineplex since seeing “Shutter Island” earlier this year.