Despite the fact that I am a teenager and most of us like to think that they are young adults more than they are big children, I do not think like this and do not want to grown up. As a result, I enjoy a good animation and I cannot wait to tell you all about it. Enjoy!
How to train your dragon (2010)
Summary: The story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named Hiccup aspires to follow his tribe’s tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After finally capturing his first dragon, and with his chance at finally gaining the tribe’s acceptance, he finds that he no longer has the desire to kill it and instead befriends it.
I loved this movie; I even think that this is one of the best animations from these past few years. Graphics are amazing, storyline is interesting and dialogue is funny. The film also encourages dreaming and believing in yourself because dreams do come true.
I love dragons and this movie literally has every kind of dragon you can think of. Of course, Toothless is everyone’s (including me) favorite. I loved seeing how he and Hiccup met and became weirdest friends ever. Plus, I enjoyed seeing how Hiccup’s and his father’s relationships evolved from bad to good to the worst it has ever been and when to the best it has ever been. One of my favorite parts of the movie is actually the training part; I liked seeing how Hiccup became somebody from nobody. And can we talk about the soundtrack of the film? The music is wonderful; it really helps you to lose yourself in the movie. I can re-watch this movie over and over again just to hear the soundtrack.
The last point I would like to mention is the fact that this movie showed one aspect of our everyday life perfectly: new generation (in this case Hiccup and later Hiccup and his friends) does things differently and most of the time the outcome is good, even great. So maybe our new/modern teen generation has a right to say that tomorrow is theirs?
How to train your dragon 2 (2014)
Summary: Five years after the Viking village of Berk has made peace with the dragons, dragons now live amongst the villagers as working animals and companions, and even take part in racing sports. Hiccup goes on adventures with his dragon, Toothless, as they discover and map unexplored lands and territories. Then they discover a mystery that will change everything.
I went to this movie with very high expectations and enjoyed every minute of it. One of the things I loved was the new character Everett. I believe he is a nice addition to the cast. Previous cast members were also great – they characters grew up and they were established and developed even more than in the first movie. Also, the reunion of Hiccup’s parents was emotional and very well visualized. Speaking about visual effects – my favorite shot of the movie was, of course, the new dragon oasis but I also liked that shot when Toothless is drowning and the bubbles are coming out of this mouth – looked very cool in 3D.
Storyline was interesting, I was pleased with twist at the end that Toothless turned against Hiccup – it was a heartbreaking scene but very good example of high level storytelling because it brought strong emotions.
The only criticism I have is that I wish they would have ended the movie on a sad note (particularly on that scene where Drago Bludvist has possessed all the dragons from the island (including Toothless) and he is flying to destroy Berk). That would be an awesome cliffhanger for the next movie. But I guess they cannot end an animation on a sad note – it supposed to have a happily ever after type of ending. Nonetheless, I liked the final battle and enjoyed seeing Toothless final grow into a real Night fury. He looked like a true alpha with his glowing skin. And of course, it is only appropriate that chef’s of the tribe dragon is alpha.
To sum up, I enjoyed the sequel almost as much as the first movie. Animation is great, story is exciting and fun and I can’t wait for the next sequel which is planned to be released in 2016.