How to Train Your Dragon movie review - Aussieboyreviews


A teenaged Viking befriends a deadly dragon in a family-friendly adventure with lots of dragons, nice themes and wonderful animation. How to Train Your Dragon is entertaining, funny at times and well-made.


Determined to hunt and kill dragons to become one of his town’s Vikings alike everyone else, an out-of-luck teenager ends up befriending a deadly dragon and learns that there might be a part of the creatures that his society misjudged.

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Movie details

Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig
Writer: Will Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Release Date (Australia): 25 March 2010
Runtime: 98 minutes/1h 38m
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film features scary scenes that involve a mild sense of menace and threat inflicted by dragons, as well as multiple battle sequences between humans and dragons.

Violence (PG)

The film features battle sequences between humans and dragons, as well as the dragons causing destruction.

Coarse Language (G)

The film contains a singular use of the word “hell”.

mpaa rating

PG (for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

A young Viking befriends a deadly dragon in this gorgeously-animated, but almost mediocre family adventure film. In How to Train Your Dragon, Jay Baruchel voices an awkward teenager named Hiccup who’s determined to fit in with his Viking town, under the pressure of his father who’s deciding to get him into training for fighting dragons. But he encounters and becomes friends with the Night Fury dragon and must prove to his father and town that the creatures are not what they seemed.

This animated adventure is entertaining, along with some jokes and mildly scary moments, with a well-paced story that’ll appeal to families and young children. If you’ve seen a lot, you’ll find that probably the majority of family-targeted fantasy-adventure animations or Disney/Pixar movies always feature engaging storylines, topped with appealing elements from talking animals to magical fantasy creatures. How to Train Your Dragon simply blends Vikings, dragons, fire-breathing action and a theme of misjudgement.

Without a doubt, movies like this, along with Avatar, should be seen in 3D at all opportunities. Not only are the action sequences absolutely gorgeous, but the colourful dragons themselves and the depictions of the settings are equally as beautiful. Families will appreciate this movie’s positive themes, as well as the voice acting, characters and plot, worth breaking out the popcorn for.

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