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Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Och. How d'ye grow up in a Viking village and have a North American accent?

I used up all my suspension of disbelief on the assumption that dragons:
  1. are real,
  2. are basically huge flying kitty cats who breathe fire,
  3. are also video-game entities with a "shot limit" and armor stats, and
  4. hunt in a species-heterogeneous pack.
So that left no belief-juice available for a universe in which every single one of the adult Vikings has a Scottish accent, even though Icelandic and Faroese are much closer to a "Viking" accent, and yet not a single one of the kids had a Scottish "Viking" accent.

I'll believe all that stuff about dragons because I don't know any facts about dragons -- although their psychology toward the end seemed entirely unlikely given their social structure -- but I know some facts about languages, and that movie made NO SENSE to me.

The female character with the most lines is a strong young woman named Astrid, and while her character development had promise at the beginning, she soon became The Love Interest with The Recurring Line. Oh, I appreciate the fanservice, and I'll happily read any rule-34 fiction including the line "this is for everything else", but I'm more appreciative of the earlier Astrid: an ass-kicking chick who hasn't been dressed up all skanky or drawn with scoliosis-inducing tits AND who has interests other than boys -- namely, being the best warrior in her class.

I got in for free because Regal Cinemas admits the companion of a wheelchair-using person at no charge, and the price was just about right. Maybe a little high, but not by much.



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Apr. 26th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
I loved this movie and you will say naught against it! Naught I say!

Apr. 26th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
After seeing it in 3-D with two kids I must say that it was awesome. Because, well, once you see it through their eyes you don't mind overlooking the smaller stuff.

(Plus it was the first movie I've seen in 3-D since they figured out how to make it "work" - just that was freaking BRILLIANT!)
Apr. 26th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
sometimes you have to take a step back and just enjoy, and stop trying to be cynical. But to each his/her own. I loved the movie, I laughed and cried. Maybe if I had read the book(s) as a child, I would have felt differently.
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