How To Train Your Dragon | Movie Review

How To Train Your Dragon | Movie Review

David Cardwell, Guest Writer

Written by David Cardwell

How to train your dragon was one of my favorite movies when I was younger, and still is today. The movie was amazing, and even though it came out in 2010, 11 years ago, it still goes above and beyond today’s standards. The animation, the music theme, the plot design, everything about it is incredibly well done.
The movie opens into a Viking village called Berk that is currently under attack by dragons. The main character, Hiccup (son of the chief), narrates everything in the intro. This is one of the best openings I’ve ever seen in a movie. For one thing, the design for the landscape is beautiful, and the narration gives you a good idea of what’s going on. And then the theme, every theme throughout the movie is introduced in the beginning. 

The movie is from Hiccup’s point of view and is narrated by him for most of the movie. The plot revolves around him shooting down a dragon to prove himself, and him not being able to kill it. In his society, killing a dragon is proving yourself. As he is the son of the chief, He feels like he needs to prove himself to his father. After not being able to kill the dragon, he starts to bond with the dragon and helps the dragon be able to fly again after being shot down. He even learns how to fly the dragon along the way which is one of the main aspects of the movie. 

He knows he will be shunned if he doesn’t keep his dragon a secret, so he tells no one. Eventually, one girl finds out, and they become friends. After finding the enemy dragon’s nest, he is tasked with killing a dragon in an arena. He is unable to kill the dragon, and when he is about to die, Toothless saves him. The Vikings capture Toothless, and Hiccup’s dad essentially disowns him. The Vikings then use Toothless to track down the dragon nest to attack. While they attack the nest, Hiccup teaches some other Vikings how to ride dragons, and saves Toothless at the dragon nest. After doing this, his dad becomes very proud of him. Then, a giant dragon comes out of the nest. Hiccup and Toothless defeat the giant dragon, and they think Hiccup is dead, but Toothless saves him.

Overall, this movie is incredibly well done, and there are a few things I would like to highlight especially. 

  1. The detail put into the intro. The themes throughout the entire movie were all in the intro of the movie, and you are introduced to the setting of the movie very smoothly.
  2. The “Test Drive” scene. This scene shows great bonding between human and creature, and is probably the most well-done scene in the movie.
  3. The theme. This movie’s theme is amazing. It is by far my favorite movie theme, and every part of it, even the small details, are perfect. It is the cherry on top that makes this movie so perfect.

This movie is amazing, thank you for coming to my ted talk.