Dream Works latest release proves to be one of its finest projects yet, to tell you more about it, here’s a review on “How to Train Your Dragon…”
If ever a film was crying out for Brian blessed, then surely ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ was it. DreamWorks’ new animated opus is packed with beefy Vikings, and when the key character of Stoick first took to the screen, everyone was excited however there are some voice actors that did a minimal job.
To be fair to the studio, it’s been less star-struck than usual, which is somewhat a benefit to the film. But this is also DreamWorks’s most confident animated feature so far too. One that occasionally trips over with the odd pander to the family audience, but still manages to tread an action packed plot.
The film was based on a story of the same name. The film version finds young Hiccup, son of Stoick, as the boy least likely to become a dragon slayer. This is a problem for him considering that Vikings face different fire breathing creatures on a regular basis. All of this is put across in a breathless, action-packed first act, with impressive 3D work.
The film is quite entertaining and fits the context of what’s going on.
The film utilizes its first act to get across the range of dragons that thrives in this world, including the sinister Night Fury. It’s a character has an ‘end of game boss’ tattooed across it from the moment it’s first mentioned.
After the opening action and exposition, the film concentrates particularly well in act two, where Hiccup finds and begins to befriend a dragon. What’s interesting is that the dragon that Hiccup discovers is a dark, brooding beast at times, and not instantly one to warm to.
As the story progresses, the relationship of the two develops with the emphasis on gestures. It’s carefully done, well built up, and you actually buy the fact that the pair are bonding. What great about it are the twists in the story and there are a couple of characters here that are actually worth rooting for.
Where the film is at its weakest is when it digs into the familiar potourri of clichés. So, there’s a father who doesn’t believe in his son, an unconvincing young heroine who starts off as a quite spiteful rival to Hiccup then starts to turn, and the necessary implementation of the moral at the end of the story. One thing about it is how it kind of blends that comedy and laughs with the whole story. Another factor to it is that the set piece sequences are often really quite brilliant, and the final act has the frenetic feel of the end of the back end of a (good) Star Wars movie.
In addition to that, the dragons themselves are genuinely quite frightening beasts for a younger audience, with no attempt made to soften them. The moment they start spewing those balls of flame, there’s a real sense that these are aggressive beasts.
It’s great to see DreamWorks following this path, too. Since most viewers can get to some of their static style of film making. In this film, you get a sense of just what it can do when it cuts loose, and it’s certainly worth watching.
DreamWorks Animation on form is certainly capable of brilliant work. And under the stewardship of directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (the pair who made Disney’s Lilo And Stitch), this film has demonstrated that not only does the film look stunning but also good family entertainment.
To sum it all up, How To Train Your Dragon is certainly served with a coherent, exciting and engaging three-act blockbuster with missteps are easily papered over by great action sequences for you to enjoy.