This is a movie I never thought I'd see. I really do not watch animated films, honestly. I just do not think most of them are very good, or funny. More just dumb, and illogical. But well, I actually watched this movie in a class of mine, and I must say I was seriously surprised. It is possibly the best animated film I've seen. It has a good plot, and is written extremely well. Of course it is predictable, for the most part, but it is the journey that is fun, and gripping.
The story is about a village who are afraid of dragons. The vikings are basically dragon warriors, and fight the "evil" dragons. But one say. the village pussy, named Hiccup (retarded name) finds out that the dragons really are not dangerous at all. It's really all one big misunderstanding. He befriends one particular dragon, which he names Toothless, and sneaks off to go hang out with him. But of course, things go wrong, and well, you can kind of guess what happens, probably. But even though it sounds somewhat lame, and predictable through my little synopsis, it really is not at all.
Of course, one of the downfall of animated films is the voice acting. Sometimes the voice acting is lame, and the animated facial expressions are over dramatic (a reason why I dislike animated films and "anime" things), but I put up with the small amount of it for this film, because it really has something greater going on than the average, simple little animated movie. Gerard Butler's voice is Hiccup's father, the most badass viking there is. His some is a huge pussy, so he's disappointed in him, and Hiccup knows it. He tries really hard to prove otherwise, but just cannot.
The visuals are rather good; all the animation is well done, and not bad. I think the hair of the characters was done rather well. I know it sounds really weird to say, but the hair was very realistic. The dragons were fairly inventive, and interesting looking. The village was rather dull, but everything else was really interesting to watch, such as the field where Hiccup goes to hang with Toothless.
This review is not my best, but I am not accustomed to reviewing films of this nature. I'm more of a horror kinda guy, but I felt the need to break away from the usual and review this one, because it definitely deserves a high review. Definitely see this movie, even if you are not a fan of animated films, like me. You just might like it. It's fairly emotional, and highly enjoyable.