“Animated 3d has arrived”
The film is loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name with some changes. It centers around a young boy, Hiccup who wants to be like all of his fellow Vikings, but always ends up causing trouble instead. His goal in life is to kill the legendary Night Fury Dragon to prove himself to his tribe. What ends up happening instead is that he becomes friends with the Dragon, Toothless, and teaches his tribe how to train the Dragons to work with them and for them rather than to fight them. Or at leas thats the jist of the story without giving to away too much.
This film can be enjoyed by the entire family and the 3d is definitely used to enhance the film unlike the 2007 film Beowulf with a similar theme. I will say that the relationship of Hiccup and Toothless is like Lilo & Stitch and even E.T. and some of the flying sequences reminded me of Avatar. But what this film was able to do is make Dragons cute and cuddly. I wanted to own my own Toothless after this film and take him home. So Dragon’s can be man’s best friend after all. The cast of voices included Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill and worked perfectly for their characters, although the lead voice for Hiccup, Jay Baruchel sounded older than his character looked, but that was just a minor problem.
In the last few years, Pixar usually came out with an emotional and award-winning animated film, but i believe Dreamworks may have just made that film. I do expect Dragon to be nominated for best animated feature in next years Academy Awards and I also sense a sequel.
My grade: 94 (Watch It more than once)
Rotten Tomatoes: 97 (Fresh)
MetaCritic: 74 (Generally Favorable Reviews)
US Gross: 48.5m (Updated: March 31)