How To Train Your Dragon – Movie Review
The story follows Hiccup, a young Viking who lives in a small village called Berk, where dragons regularly infiltrate. His father is Stoic the Vast, Chief of the tribe. In Berk, dragons are seen as enemies, and are to be killed on sight. One particular dragon, known as the Night Fury, is very skillful and never reveals itself, and Hiccup decides that he wants to kill it to prove he’s not the scrawny and weak Viking everyone thinks him to be. He builds something that actually works, and he shoots the Night Fury down, causing it to lose part of its tail (making it unable to fly) and crash landing in the woods.
Hiccup soon finds the dragon inside a cove, and begins to secretly observe and document it. He soon realizes that dragons aren’t the evil creatures they are believed to be. His dad, however, has sent him to be trained to fight and kill dragons, along with five other teenagers. Hiccup continues his dragon observation, and starts using techniques on the dragons in the arena (for training purposes) which he’s practicing on with the Night Fury.
Hiccup names the Night Fury Toothless (because the dragon has retractable teeth) and trains it privately. He creates a new tail attachment which he can control and is able to fly while riding on Toothless.
During this time Stoic is away, but returns to learn that his son has been Berk’s new top student in the training arena, to which he is most proud. Eventually, he learns the truth and Hiccup reveals his secret and tries to explain that dragons aren’t the monsters they’ve been labeled. That attempt is disastrous, however, causing Toothless to be captured.
As you know, these kinds of family movies tend to have positive endings, as does this movie. It’s very creative and the characters are interesting. It’s dramatic, but in a good way. I recommend it. ^_^