Today was an impromptu movie day in the Children's Department of the library. Because three assistants were working, we chose a movie each - Kung Fu Panda 2, How to Train Your Dragon, and Legend of the Guardians.
The first film was Kung Fu Panda 2, but because I went to lunch, I didn't finish, so I won't be "reviewing" it. And because I went to lunch, the movie I had chosen - Legend of the Guardians - was left for last, when I went home. Therefore, the only movie I actually saw was How to Train Your Dragon.
For the most part, I think the film was picked solely because we're reading the book for that International Book Discussion. However, as I was warned, the movie pretty much just steals the title, some of the character names, and takes nothing of the plot. That is to say, the film is way more enjoyable than the book. I know, I'm sure my book hunting license is being revoked as I'm typing this.
Like the book, Hiccup is the old boy out - he's not Viking material and a constant disappointment to his father. He's the laughingstock among his peers. Unlike the book, the Vikings are at war with dragons, not dragon trainers. Toothless isn't exactly toothless. And there's this blonde girl name Astrid, the token love interest of our would-be hero. Instead of teaching his Viking brethren a new way to train their dragons, Hiccup shows them a way to coexist.
On the scale, I'd give How to Train Your Dragon a 4.5. It's an enjoyable cartoon with an animated cast of voices - you work that out for yourselves. Let's not forget it also made a slow day more bearable. Until next time, keep on huntin'.