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28 September 2010 @ 12:30 am
How to Train your Dragon  
One of the few upsides of Evil Mag TM is that I am back reviewing in print rather than just for web formats. Which is why tonight I watched How To Train Your Dragon (DVD release). I know that at least one of my flistees loved this in its cinema release, and I have to agree, it's wholly charming!

The animation is vibrant and refreshing, the characterisation consists of actual characters rather than entirely stock, the hero is a natural philosopher rather than a classic Viking -- it was all the things I tend to adore. But what made me burst out with laughter is that it slips in a Norse gravegoods misinterpretation joke! Someone on that writing crew is at least friends with a costume historian, and this amateur one appreciates the wink!

Thoroughly recommend this for everyone with small people, or with an adult academic interest in the postmodernist approach to storytelling through technology exemplified by Dreamworks (feel free to use that excuse next time someone raises an eyebrow when you buy a ticket to a kids film without a kid in tow, I have a Very Dull lecture that goes with it if you need more.)
prone to mischief: DW Allons-y!treacle_tartlet on September 27th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
I shall recommend that the Old Woman buy it for SG! I'm sure she'll welcome the opportunity to watch something other than 'Hairy bloody MacLary' on constant replay next time we visit. :)

Edited at 2010-09-27 02:41 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 27th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
SG WILL LOVE IT!!!! It's a wee bit violent, but Dreamworks violent, look, less gruesome than the pig salting.

And there's SCIENCE, albeit science done with a charcoal stick, but engineering that involves a smithy!
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Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on September 27th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
"an adult academic interest in the postmodernist approach to storytelling through technology exemplified by Dreamworks" - why, I say the exact same thing (minus the Dreamworks) every time I go to a kid's movie without kids in tow. ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
It's because we're similarly classy and full of silliness ;-)
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on September 27th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh it's another one I missed and really wanted to see! In the past years (decade?) it seemed certain animated features were the best films around anyway.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
It and UP are two of my favourite films of the last couple of years. I was all prepared to hate both after the hype, but was utterly unable to, they were so thoroughly kind and funny and clever.

Some of the kids' stuff around these days is horrid, but the good stuff is very good indeed, it's worth you hunting down the DVD!
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deerang2002deerang2002 on September 27th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, I absolutely loved the movie as well! The wry jokes, the characterization of the young Vikings...the portrayal of the whole race of Vikings, in general, was just awesome! And Toothless was so cute...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
I loved the fact that even with all the Viking Stereotypes, there were so many points of difference among the characters, and that they could change and learn.

And yes, Toothless was very cute indeed!
aceface: httyd: toothless: smilebloodbelieve on September 27th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
I absolutely adored this! I particularly loved the ending, if that's not too ambiguous -- I don't want to spoil for anyone who hasn't seen it -- but I thought it was such a nice message. But yes, I found it totally charming and loved it, and didn't mind paying to see it a second time with a different friend \o/
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:27 pm (UTC)
The ending was terrific! I loved everything about that, including the 'Oh. Oh well ...' moment (that should be suitably cryptic for anyone who's not seen it!)

I had to give the disc back, and now can't wait for it to come out so I can buy it!
pingridpingrid on September 27th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
What's the misinterpretation joke?! :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
You know how they used to say that the turtle brooches were breast coverings? Hiccup (the main character) receives one of his mother's breast armour pieces as a helmet, with his dad wearing the matching one. I cracked up in a thoroughly undignified way.

PLEASE buy the airline and upgrade me! And NOT LONG NOW!
Eli/Ellie/ellie_norellie_nor on September 27th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
I loved that film. My housemates sat me down and made me watch it.

And I would love to have your Very Dull lecture!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'll write it up for you one day! (Just making it through comments today, baby steps!)

And GOOD HOUSEMATES! That film is a happy, as the lolcats among us would say.
Really great hairseshat1 on September 27th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
I *adored* that film :D

I mostly wanted to see it because it was about DRAGONS but I was so pleased that it was awesome, as I dragged three friends (no kids lol) with me. Hehe.

It's on my Christmas list! (Or will be, anyway, it's currently just on my amazon wishlist lol)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
I think you were one of the people who may have mentioned loving it, so I was really happy when it became available for review just in time!

It's on my list too, now :-)
_aurora_sky_: Hiccup/Toothless First Touch_aurora_sky_ on September 28th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
omg. THAT MOVIE. I went and saw it in theaters 4 times. I absolutely LOVED it. The Lion King has been THE animated movie for me literally since it came out -- nothing could compare, and nothing had moved me as much as the Lion King did... Until Hiccup and his dragon came along. <3

I honestly can't remember the last time I loved a movie that much. Like I came out of the theater and immediately wanted to buy another ticket. Everything about it was perfect and smart <3 Let's just hope Dreamworks doesn't KILL it with the sequels :\
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
I suspect you may have been the person who wrote about it several times and convinced me it was A Good Thing long before I had a chance to see it. You were COMPLETELY right!

And yes, I could do with one or two shorts set in that world, as they sometimes do, but a franchise would rip it up.
bonfoi: calvinbonfoi on September 28th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I've wanted to see the flick, in fact, it's on my list at the movie rental place. Good to have yet another endorsement for it.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Do, it will make you smile thoroughly (after a bit of nervous lip-biting and mild teariness).
Welcome to Ant Countryant_queen on September 28th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
on a slightly related matter, I am currently training my Dragon. I've just installed Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software and currently in the process of training it to recognise my voice and speech patterns. In fact, I've just dictated this entire comment :-)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
HEE! You are SO ahead of the times young Ant! And that's a decent program, not a single wacky made-up word in the lot!
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nahimana: degree in baloneyemerald_dragon8 on September 28th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Oh, I wanted to see that! Yay for holidays, now I can!

I always get raised eyebrows because I love kids movies and go to them all the time. :) I should definitely say I'm going for a class or something. But then I also get raised eyebrows when I go to the cinema alone (which I used to do more often, but still do occasionally when no one is available to accompany me, or if I've run out of people to see Harry Potter with - because I always see HP at least 10 times). :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on September 28th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I went to see When Harry Met Sally alone after one of my few bad break-ups, and sat there saying helpful things like 'Pffft.' 'As if!' and 'Find a NICE man, you fool!'

The people who had gone to it as a date film all edged away from me.

I'd see kids' films with you, they're often very good, and have less to hide behind than adult ones, so they need to rely on strong stories if they are to succeed.