How to Train Your Dragon

Year: 
2010
Rated: 
PG
Genre: 
Dragons yet no Dungeons
Director: 
Dean DeBlois
Chris Sanders
Writer(s): 
Cressida Cowell
William Davies
Dean DeBlois
Chris Sanders
Actor(s): 
Jay Baruchel
Gerard Butler
Craig Ferguson
America Ferrera
Jonah Hill
Runtime: 
98
Rating: 
Two BOBs
Review: 

I couldn't get past the accents.

All the adult Vikings have Scottish accents, but Hiccup sounded plain, old American? Actually, ALL the Viking kids sounded American. DreamWorks, you puzzle me.

Wait a goddamned minute...shouldn't all the Vikings have Scandinavian accents? Maybe I'm pissy because of my Scandinavian ancestry, or maybe it's just because I like to shop at IKEA - but I feel personally betrayed by DreamWorks, and more specifically, by Gerard Butler. I'm not the only one who noticed this!

I came across a Toothless the Dragon Happy Meal Toy in my son's room the other day and I immediately noticed that it had fins on both sides of its tail. McDonald's, you puzzle me, too.

The only scene that made me laugh was when Hiccup received the helmet made from his mother's breastplate. His mom must have had huge boobs...then again, my kid could probably wear my bra as a hat, too.

Obviously, it's not fair to compare DreamWorks films to PIXAR films, so I'll stick to comparing How to Train Your Dragon to just DreamWorks stuff. It's not as shitty as Bee Movie or Over the Hedge...but not as good as Kung Fu Panda or Shrek. Not bad, but still pretty mediocre. A sequel is slated for Summer 2014...I feel pretty ambivalent about it.

 

 

"Thank you for the breast-hat." - Hiccup (Jay Baruchel)

Comments

macseann's picture

the score was one of the most beautiful I've ever heard in a movie. Just stunning. I'd rate it above the 2nd Shrek movie but below the first.