This is a Great Movie! Super fun, lots of silliness, tons of wonderful dragons, great and supersized Vikings with Scots accents, which takes some getting used to. And a very brave little hero named Hiccup, who can only follow his own star – er, dragon, and thereby changes history.
Mary and I saw it in Imax 3D (getting spoiled and loving being in the middle of the action). This is such a smart and always-thinking little kid – raised to believe, as his culture does, that the highest and best activity of a man is to kill a dragon. When, after his good thinking helps him figure out a way to bring one down, he has a chance to kill it – he can’t. He even goes home and makes a partial leather tail for it, to replace the one damaged when Hiccup brought him down.
There are lots of other interesting interactions – Hiccup with his father, with his father’s friend, the father and the friend together, Hiccup and Astrid, lots of twists and turns, and interesting architecture, lots of stubbornness and not listening. Also archetypes in abundance, as well as morals, fables and mythic happenings.
Doesn’t matter how old you are – you’re gonna like this movie!