Saturday, February 05, 2011

GUEST REVIEW: How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon
Number of Nominations: 2
Categories: Best Animated Feature, Best Original Score
Availability in US: DVD, Blu-ray
Trailer: Click for Trailer
How to Train Your Dragon is the latest film from DreamWorks, the studio that created hits like Shrek and Madagascar. The story follows a young Viking boy named Hiccup (yes, Hiccup) who apparently didn't get the right genes for dragon-killing; he is scrawny and doesn't fit in with the rest of the clan. But when he meets one of the most ferocious dragons in the land and begins to make friends, he learns that maybe the dragons aren't as bad as they seem.

I really enjoyed this movie. Like many DreamWorks/Disney/Pixar movies, it was visually appealing and fast-paced enough to keep children entertained throughout, but it was also clever enough for adults. Some familiar adult actors also lend their voices to the film, including Gerard Butler (300, The Ugly Truth), Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), Jay Baruchel (She's Out of My League), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) and Jonah Hill (Superbad).

As much as I loved this movie, I don't think it has much of a shot in either of the categories in which it was nominated. Toy Story 3 is the hands-down winner for animated feature, since it was one of the most anticipated, most successful and most well loved films of 2010. In the original score category, similarly, there has been a lot more buzz about other movies *cough*The Social Network*cough*. How to Train Your Dragon is a fun and funny film, but unfortunately it probably will not see any Oscar wins.
Grade: A

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