Best Of The Decade How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
Upon its release, How To Train Your Dragon (2010) was, like several
computer–generated animated films at the time, capitalizing on newfound 3D
technology. However, dissimilar to some features utilizing this application, it was
recorded with this specific implement from the onset and the result is nothing short
of a miraculously immersive cinematic experience.
When Hiccup, the film‘s precocious teen hero (indelibly voiced by Jay Baruchel),
is eventually able to cajole his unlikely companion out for a test flight, the
mesmerizing kinesthesia of their aviation are absolutely jaw–dropping. These
jubilant moments are amplified by John Powell‘s soaring
orchestrations—single–handedly a candidate for this decade’s best film score.
How To Train Your Dragon doesn‘t just invoke its senses of awe and wonder
through visual ploys and gimmicks (though that certainly aids in its prosperity),
but is also a brainy and exciting family film with instantly amiable characters, the
likes of which are based on a series of children‘s books by British author Cressida
One could nitpick the film’s few shortcomings, but its useless to carp when this
thrilling adventure endeavors so prominently to enrapture and invigorate.
The success of How To Train Your Dragon was benevolent enough to warrant
two theatrical sequels of equal quality (the third film dropped the numeric for a
subtitle: The Hidden World (2019)), two television serials, and a straight to video
special. While its continuations and spin–offs have sustained its ability to enchant
throughout the past ten years, little can diminish the colossal inferno of
(dragon)fire the original blazed.
For young and old alike, How To Train Your Dragon is one terrific movie.