The story line of How to Train Your Dragon is a fairly standard one, exploring themes that are so familiar in the universe for all ages cinema that hardly require any elaborations. The hero, a young Viking (Hiccup), is a misfit adolescent who proves his mettle, pleases his hard-to-please father (Gerard Butler) and saves the world while learning important lessons and rattling off some wisecracks. Supporting characters include a spitfire love interest (America Ferrera), a gaggle of goofy friends, a crusty old mentor (Craig Ferguson) and a cute cat eyed dragon named ‘Toothless’
How to Train Your Dragon is closer to the sweetness of 'Kung Fu Panda' than the coarseness of the 'Shrek' movies. Its borrowings from other movies are not egregious, and its kinship with everything from Finding Nemo to Avatar” puts it in reasonably good big-budget, mass-entertainment company.
The reason that the movie deserves to be seen in a theatre with special glasses on, rather than on the DVD player lies in the airborne sequences when Hiccup first climbs on Toothless’s back and urges the dragon to take wing, the hearts of the audience soar with a primitive and durable delight, apart from the opening scenes of the movie when actually the audience start shifting in their seats to avoid objects that hurl itself from the screen to the audience...right from fireballs to tree trunks to what not. The techniques that enabled this feeling may be dauntingly complicated, but the feeling is simply childish. The development of the bond between Hiccup and Toothless is conveyed virtually without dialogue.
Music is always welcome, though, and John Powell’s score, while occasionally obvious and bombastic, is also subtle and sensitive when it needs to be.
It is a must see film, in my opinion, especially for kids…… and grown – up kids, alike.