|How To Train Your Dragon
||[Apr. 16th, 2010|06:12 pm]
I saw How to Train Your Dragon, an animated movie about a misfit Viking teen who encounters and tames a dragon, last night and rather loved it. It is very cliched, but it is sweet and very, very enjoyable.
What I loved:
1. The characters are all good-natured at heart. Totally unrealistic, yes, but it meant there was not much in the way of true meanness. It was rather refreshing.
2. The dragon! Looks kinda cat-like, his (her?) behavior was a mix of cat and dog. And there is "dragon-nip!" ♥♥♥
3. The flying sequences are lovely. I didn't see it in IMAX or in 3D but it was still very nice.
4. The teen doesn't wallow in anything. He's awkward socially but fairly realistic and not without confidence in himself.
5. Craig Ferguson as the trainer of the kids. Very cheerful even when throwing the kids into dangerous situations as part of their training.
6. The voice acting was very good overall.
7. Didn't go overboard with snark or attitude.
1. Adults have Scottish accents, the kids have American. WTF? I was confused for a lot of the film.
2. Er...that's about it. Besides being unrealistic. But that's a given, right?
I also saw another trailer for Avatar The Last Airbender movie. It looks so impressive, but this time it made me sad. It really struck me in this viewing just how Asian the clothing, actions, and settings are...And yet the actors' eyes are not Asian. It's funny that this really hit me now since I've known about the casting brouhaha and in concept didn't approve even before seeing a single shot from the film. Maybe seeing it on the big screen really brought it home for me.