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different ways throughout the rest of time, just know that
this column avoids the overly long and sometimes dull
process of full film reviews and instead opts to break
things down based on what I thought going in, what happened
while I was there and what I learned at the end of it all.
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Breakdown - How To Train Your Dragon
Perhaps, just perhaps, the trailer with it's cheeky dragon
training scenes, slightly unique animation and novel concept
implies that Dreamworks Animation has finally made a film
unlikely to tighten my bowels with rage.
I like dragons. I like vikings. I, as much as I wanted,
just didn't enjoy How To Train Your Dragon.
Dreamworks Animation peddles a unique idea (Vikings!
Dragons! Warfare!) but falls in to the film-for-kids trap so
many others have stumbled in to before. Moral lessons are
to be had in How To Train Your Dragon but their
heavy-fisted deliverance makes them digestible only by the
eleven and under set. Toss an underdog story and a handful
of low-grade cardboard stock characters in to the boiling
pot and you have another bland bit of yogurt from the
cash-hounds over at Dreamwork.
Story, character, narrative arcs, and other things of that
sort aside, the 2-D animation in the film (specifically some
of the viking's beard work) wowed me, re-instilling the hope
that this whole 3-D fad is nothing but.
Don't trust Dreamworks Animation, those snakes are just out
to clean your wallet.
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