How To Train Your Dragon is the best family entertainment film since Monsters Inc – pure feel-good escapism. We all loved it, although as someone who has not read the books I have read some reviews warning that the film is very different and doesn’t live up to them (which means that obviously I now must read the whole series).
Gratuitous Tennant quotient: David Tennant has been the narrator on the audiobooks of these stories, and in the movie he voices the (very) minor character Spitelout – here he narrates an “Introduction to Dragons“.
My one teeny weeny nitpick with this film is that Hiccup is meant to be the weediest Viking ever and Astrid a glorious Valkyrie, yet they’ve made her arms even punier than his, even though all the other fighting viking women are impressively muscular (there’s a sprinkling of spindly crones). Le sigh.
Would it be too much for once for a boy to desire a girl who looked stronger than him? Or to show a big strong girl who could still develop a crush on a smaller and weaker boy because he’s marvellous in other ways? I guess it would.