Saturday, March 27, 2010


Animated action\adventure

Jay Baruchel: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, apprentice blacksmith
Craig Ferguson: Gobber the Belch, the village blacksmith
Gerald Butler: Hiccup’s father Stoick the Vast, tribal chieftain
America Ferrera: tomboy Astrid Hofferson

Set in a mythical world, the Island of Berk is inhabited by Vikings who for 300 years have had to deal with dragon attacks. This rousing adventure combines a well told narrative with adequate time devoted to character development.

Although not the most original story about growing up and coming through in the end, it is beautifully rendered in the latest CGI animation replete with vivid colour and sometimes stunning detail.

A bonus for any adult attending a movie primarily geared for kids is that it has some one-liners that go right over their head. This one has several, the best one coming from Hiccup’s father midway through.

The only quibble I have (and one of the reasons it loses a star) are the aerial battles that go on forever.

for sequences of intense action, some scary images and brief mild language.

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