15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time classic
It is very rare to find a film that causes me to leave a cinema in stunned silence- but this was one of the very few to leave me speechless. And its brilliance does not diminish on repeated viewing. The plot is both surprising and thoughtful- a complete story with no wasted scenes, no periods where the direction of the story is lost. But its genius is the amazing...
Published on 11 Mar 2011 by nigel
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype
With fantastic animation, an intriguing concept, and a good pedigree, this film would have found it hard to fail. The story of a Viking community beset by marauding dragons, and the unfortunately un-warlike son of their chieftan, the brilliantly monikered 'Hiccup', has been hailed by many as Dreamworks' natural heir to the mantle left by the Shrek franchise. It is...
Published on 8 April 2010 by Captain Pugwash
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time classic,
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Out by 3D..Didn't expect this Great!!!,
This review is from: How To Train Your Dragon 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu ray + DVD)  (Blu-ray)I am a 3D lover and I do a lot of research and watch every review before buying a 3D Blu-ray. I own almost every Excellent 3D Blu-ray out there (Almost 31 Movies). This movie is one of my Favorites (2D), But after reading most reviews for 3D and seen some just a bit lower ratings, I didn't try this Disc for many months and I was in a dilemma whether to buy this or Not . But now my choice is right, I can say This is one of the BEST 3D I own and the 3D blows your mind in last 30 min of the movie, where we see a lot of Dragons...and all Hiccup rides on Toothless..I highly Recommend this to all who are thirsty for a 3D Excellency..You will not be disappointed!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see!,
I would reccomend this film to anyone who wants a feel good / light viewing movie for all the family. I thought it was just BRILLAINT, I sat smiling for most of the way through. I just loved the dragons personalities and really felt I was part of the story, the animation of the landscape is fab.
I love it when new and original stories and concepts are delivered so well by DreamWorks! This film is a must see!
72 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to [Entertain] Your Dragon,
A previous reviewer critisised the film's lack of plot, and while I can agree on it being predictable it certinately wasn't boring. There are some great comedy moments, especially when Hiccup is getting to know Toothless, the Nightfury dragon (who bears an uncanny resemblence to Disney's Stitch (Lilo And Stitch). The temprement of the Dragon is so endeering you really feel involved in its development, and the depth of character of both protagonist and 'pet' is astounding. Both Hiccup and Toothless are embarking on the same journey, breaking free from their stereotypical cultural behaviour (Hiccup's Viking urge to kill dragons, and Toothless's dragon urge to kill humans). Its a film about unfamiliar cultural perceptions, and overcoming these on a route to something better, and both Hiccup and Toothless achieve this through 'being true to themselves', if I'm allowed that cutsie ideological statement.
All in all, a very entertaining couple of hours, and easily comparable to the likes of Madagascar. Dreamworks does it again!
And the Scottish actor's voice you can't quite recognise.....? David Tennent :-)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to train your dragon 3d+blu ray,
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This review is from: How To Train Your Dragon 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu ray + DVD)  (Blu-ray)Having kids I have been fortunate enough to watch this film many times. On searching on line with a view to purchase in blu ray, much to my pleasant surprise, the film is also in 3d format. After payment and fast delivery, I couldn't wait to view the 3d content of this film, as there are so many great scenes within that scream "show me it in 3d". The big kid in me finds that a lot of the children's films are so much better in 3d and this is no disappointment. There are enough action scenes to warrant 3d and the film really tries to burst out the screen with some of the 3d effects. I found the effects to be among some of the best as with some films purchased recently, have been really unimpressed with the 3d content, questioning why I bothered! But this film totally re-stores my faith.
As you would expect from Dreamworks, it is pleasurable viewing for all generations and one that I have not got bored of watching over and over again.
From the opening scene right the way through to the dragons soaring and flying, the 3d content is surreal and awesome.
I still feel this film is a little gem, not quite as popular as Shrek etc, but still a very clever and well thought out story. My only downside is I really wish Dreamworks make a sequel, because I am totally sold.
My kids love this film and I think it is a must for any DVD/blu-Ray/3D Disc collection.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Rachel age 7,
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The film was a bit scary and made me jump a few times.
I love the film so much, I want to read the book.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good.,
Ok, so it's not the most balanced yardstick, but Pixar generally have the upper hand on wit, story, character and pan-generational appeal and Dreamworks the monopoly on horrible also-rans. Ok, "Help me I'm a Fish" isn't by either and that's perhaps the weakest children's animated film of all time.
Have you ever suffered `Flushed Away' or `Over the Hedge'? Can I swear? Can I have those hours of my life back please?
This film however should get Pixar worried. I went along to the cinema with my kids. I was full of fake dad-enthusiasm, then felt a bit sheepish because I was hooked from the opening scenes. It looks great, it races along, the dialogue is great fun, visually it's stunning and yes, it gets you all emotional. Yes it's just a bit of fun, but hiding your awkward shiny eyes as you root for the good guys is perhaps something we dads can get away with in the darkness of the cinema!
This film is something of an oddity in our times. It's really fantastic entertainment, but somehow it wasn't hyped beyond belief and none of my friends (and they all have young kids now) have heard of it. Very odd. I've been a bit of an ambassador since and spread the word.
A real treat. I think the November release for the DVD is pretty good really. On a November Saturday night when the rain is thumping down and the family is getting irritating, sit them down and watch with them.
That's boys and girls alike by the way. The heroine has attitude and swagger without being a foul role model like a Bratz doll and the main character (a boy) succeeds and fails in equal measure. Both are awkward, difficult and willing to learn as long as they don't lose their cool!
A stunner - enjoy. And no I don't care if the accents weren't right, or the story wasn't like the book or one of helmets wasn't historically accurate. Blah blah blah. Relax and put your feet up.
Ok, that's off my chest and my wife will hope I'll stop going on about it... until the DVD is released and then I will sit her down with a glass of red and the kids at our feet...
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb fun for ALL the family,
This review is from: How To Train Your Dragon - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)I missed this film when it came round at the cinema and hesitated to buy it for my kids (girl aged 6 and boy aged 4) when it came out on DVD/Blu-Ray. Having taken the plunge I was very pleasantly surprised by this film that is now my kids' firm favourite.
The first time they watched it they were a little scared in places but never too much. Some supposedly young children's films still scare my kids so much that they're not keen to see them again but this film they wanted to see again straight away.
The animation is beautifully done (and stunning on Blu-Ray), particularly that of the main dragon which is more like a cat than a lizard, and I have to say that the big bad dragon at the end of the film is one of the most impressive CGI monsters I've seen in any film, children's or otherwise. The music is wonderful and you'll have trouble getting the theme out of your head if you watch the film a couple of times. The basic story is quite straightforward but the themes are nicely tackled - not always following the herd, being yourself, dealing with parental rejection, overcoming fears and prejudices...
All in all I'd say this is one of the best children's films of recent years, up there with Cars and WALL-E, and one which should appeal to both boys and girls (and young-at-heart adults too).
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My five year old daughter, my partner and myself all three of us really enjoyed How To Train Your Dragon.,
This review is from: How To Train Your Dragon - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) (Blu-ray)In fact I would go as far and say that all three us think this is the best computer animated film to come out this year overall. The relationship between Hiccup the boy Viking and Toothless a very cute black dragon is very funny and touching at the same time. The voice acting is most excellent and includes "Gerard Butler" who starred in the film 300 as Hiccup's ultra hard as nails Viking dad. I've always had a interest in Vikings and dragons since I was a little boy and this film really captures the spirit of both very well indeed. The computer animation looks stunning on blu-ray with crystal clear detail. I found the story very enjoyable and it contains a very good message within it too. Overall this is the best DreamWorks computer animated cartoon since Shrek 2 and it really does desreve all the brilliant reviews it is receiving.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film,
The animation looks stunning, the voice's were spot on for the characters and the storyline was just... amazing.
You will fall in love with the characters, and will feel their emotion.
This film is one that could be watched many times, so I would recommend to buy this film than rent it.
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