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Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon

This film follows Hiccup, a teen youth on the viking island of Berk. Hiccup has never fit in to viking society and this is made even worse by being the son of the chief. Hiccup wants nothing more then to be accepted by the rest of the vikings in the village, but every time he tries something disastrous happens. Every viking in Berk knows from a young age that their primary purpose is to fight dragons. Hiccup is no different and tries desperately to kill a dragon, not through brute force as the rest of the vikings do, but through ingenuity and though.

During a dragon raid on the village one night Hiccup manages to ensnare a Night Fury, the most feared of dragons. When he tries to tell his father and the rest of the village of his accomplishment, none believe him. After being escorted home by his father’s best friend Gobber, Hiccup sneaks out a back door to go and find the dragon he brought down. Just as Hiccup is about to give up on his search for the dragon he stumbles upon it. Hiccup tries very hard to build up the courage and convince himself to kill the dragon but cannot. Instead Hiccup sets the dragon free, who menaces Hiccup and then apparently flies away to freedom.

That evening Hiccup’s father, after a conversation with Gobber puts him into dragon training before heading out to try and destroy the dragon’s nest. Hiccup is mocked by his classmates in dragon training and nearly killed by a dragon on his first day, Gobber as teacher saves Hiccup and tells the class that a dragon will always go for the kill. Hiccup then goes out to where he freed the dragon he had downed and asks himself, “So why didn’t you?” The rest of the film follows Hiccup as he learns more and more about dragons, discovering that they are not the vicious monsters the rest of the village believes them to be.

The film culminates with Hiccup’s father freeing the imprisoned dragon Hiccup has befriended and learned to ride. Hiccup and his dragon then proceed to defeat the queen dragon on the dragon’s island, apparently sacrificing their lives in order to spare the others who came to the island to attack the nest. Back home in Berk, Hiccup wakes up in his own home after some nudging from his dragon. Hiccup is surprised to see the dragon in his own home and makes his way outside where the village has embraced dragons as pets. Hiccup’s father too has embraced dragons as more then just a menace.

This film is truly great, the story is excellently written, the voice talent is superb, and the score is masterful. I cannot praise this film enough for the originality and the flow. The story quickly establishes itself and flows seamlessly from beginning to end. I highly recommend this film both to be seen and purchased to own, it is well worth the price you pay for it no matter what price you get it for.

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Cast:
Jay BaruchelGerard ButlerCraig FergusonAmerica FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. Miller,Kristen WiigRobin Atkin DownesDavid Tennant
Director:
Chris SandersDean DeBlois
Genres:
Children & FamilyFamily AnimationBook Characters,Family Sci-Fi & FantasyFamily AdventuresAges 8-10,Ages 11-12Blu-rayParamount Home Entertainment

Movie Review: Alpha & Omega

Alpha & Omega

This film follows two young wolves, Kate and Humphrey, starting off as childhood friends on the day Kate is set to begin her training as an Alpha female of the wolf pack. Come Spring Kate has finished her Alpha training and is next seen on her first hunt going after Caribou. This hunt is interrupted by another pack of wolves from the East which causes a conflict. Humphrey as an Omega is meant to keep the peace and make others laugh, he quickly defuses the conflict. Kate soon discovers that her father and the Alpha of the eastern pack have made a deal to unite the two packs by marrying Kate and the Eastern packs young male Alpha. That night Kate and Garth are introduced, Kate is very much put off by Garth when he begins to howl at the moon horribly, dropping birds from the sky. After getting away from Garth, Kate runs into Humphrey and begins trying to convince him she’s not running away from Garth. Eventually Kate is hit with a tranquilizer followed shortly by Humphrey. The two wake up after being relocated to Idaho to repopulate wolves at a park there. Kate convinces Humphrey to help her get home and adventure ensues. In the end Garth and Kate are about to be married when Kate backs out. Kate has fallen in love with Humphrey which leads to a battle between to two packs. In the end Kate and Humphrey are together with Humphrey having protected Kate during a stampede of Caribou.

This movie flows well from beginning to end, it keeps you interested from the very beginning to the very end. The best part about this film is the writers actually asked experts about and observed wild wolves in order to understand the pack structure. Toward the end Humphrey is about to do what many Omegas do, take the lone wolf route. This in nature eventually leads to the formation of a new pack, but for the purposes of this film they couldn’t have that happen. All in all an excellent film that does a good job debunking many of the common misconceptions concerning wolf pack structure that were first documented by scientists when they took unrelated wolves from the wild and introduced them to a new pack unlike anything nature would produce. This film is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Hopper, his last film role before his death. I highly recommend this film to adults and children both.

Review by: Marnol – See his Blog HERE

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