Movie Review :: How to Train Your Dragon

Penny and I went to see this movie last night on a make-up date night, and I gotta tell you, we were pleasantly surprised.  We had heard from some friends that it was a good movie and worth seeing.  It’s a good thing that neither of us feel we are too old to see kids’ movies, cause we really like this movie.

While I will avoid any spoilers, it’s basically your fish-out-water story with Hiccup, the scrawniest and weakest Viking to ever live.  And wouldn’t you know it, he’s the son of the village chief, the biggest, brawniest, dragon-killin’ Viking around.  The movie twists and turns around the usual bends of a movie that revolves around a son seeking his father’s approval only to find that it’s in direct conflict with his conscience when he sees himself in an injured dragon.  But what makes this movie truly unique is that not only do you see flashes of father and son coming together only be torn apart again (Let this be fair warning to anyone with daddy-issues, this movie may elicit a tear or two.) but you are seeing the human experience – People fearing what they don’t understand and what can happen when you take the time to get to know your neighbor.

One of the highlights of the movie, for me, was the addition of Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, and America Ferrera  to the cast, who brought some much-needed star-power to the otherwise unknown cast.  If I had one complaint, it was that the voice of the main character, Hiccup, just never seemed to fit; and seriously, if that’s my only complaint, it had to have been a pretty good movie.

So whether or not you’re packing up the kids, getting a group of friends together, or heading out on a date- see this movie.

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