- Released Internationally on 25/03/10
- Released in Malta by KRS on 31/03/10
- Showing in ‘RealD’ 3D at Empire Cinemas, Buġibba and in 2D everywhere else
Preview (Published 01/03/10 in VIDA magazine)
Easter holidays mean fun family films, and this looks like the most interesting one this year. Jay Baruchel (the skinny one from Tropic Thunder) voices Hiccup, a young boy in the time of the Vikings who comes from a village terrorised by dragons. When he manages to capture one, he realises their fiery breath is worse than their bite. Also featuring the voices of Gerald Butler (300), Jonah Hill (Funny People) and comedian Craig Ferguson, and directed by the duo that made Disney’s Lilo & Stitch (which might explain why the dragon looks like Stitch).
Nutshell Review (27/04/10)
Everything you might have read in the papers or heard from your friends is true – this is a gem of a movie. Making impressive business all over the world since its release one month ago, it manages to soar above most of the tough competition in the smart, funny, animated genre. The main character is equally pitiful and admirable, the Viking setting is fresh and original and full of joke fodder, and the dragons are wonderfully conceived. After a slightly congested opening sequence, the film quickly zooms in on the relationship between Hiccup and his sleek dragon friend, and the bond between them is developed to perfection over the course of the film, culminating in a series of flying sequences that are undoubtedly the most beautiful thing seen on screen this year. The grand finale is epic enough to outdo all that has come before it, and the film manages to end on a surprisingly bittersweet note that is rarely achieved in animated films. A gorgeous thrill-ride.