Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on April 9, 2012

How to Train Your Dragon is a surprisingly good movie. I’d soured completely on Dreamworks Animation after the combination of whichever was the last Shrek I saw and having seen a few minutes of one of the Madagascars. But this one is on the HBO Go, so I gave it a shot, and it was really damn good. Flying around on dragons is an easy thing to make look cool in a movie. Avatar got a lot of mileage out of basically the same thing, but here the movie realizes it’s basically a kid’s story and doesn’t pretend to be anything more than that. It’s just good fun.

The story’s set on an island of vikings under constant threat of dragon attacks. Strangely, all the adult vikings have Scottish accents (Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson), while the kid vikings have American accents (basically the cast of a Judd Apatow movie, plus America Ferrera). While I was kinda hoping there’d be some sort of coming of age ceremony where he’s forced to pronounce his r’s with an alveolar tap, I was basically ok with the disconnect in accents, because Scottish is a cool way to say viking stuff.

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