Review: How To Train Your Dragon

It is simply amazing to me how many great animated films have come out in the last few years.  Add to the list Dreamworks latest, How to Train Your Dragon.

After Monsters vs. Aliens didn’t perform so well, Dreamworks seems to have taken a cue from the success of Pixar, as well as their own Kung Fu Panda, crafting a film around interesting characters you care about, with a story that grabs and thrills rather than inundates with as many pop culture references, fart jokes and celebrity voices that could be crammed into 90 minutes.

Dragon has a simple enough story, about a boy and his dragon, but it is told in a heartwarming (but not overwrought) way, with enough action and grandiosity to give the film a nice balance.

The only negative thing I can think of is, the film was not hilarious.  It was funny, but not laugh a minute.  This is not really a bad thing, since the film was reaching for a more sentimental tone, in which it succeeds wildly.

Also, I did not see it in 3D and you can venture here to find out why.

Grade: A-


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