Movie Review – How to Train Your Dragon 3 – The Hidden World – No Spoilers (A newbie’s initial review)

 

Movie Review - How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldThis stunning third Dragon movie needs to be seen if you like the series, or even if you’re new to the series but ‘grown-up’ enough to long for dragons to bind with and fly with in your own right. In other words, you don’t even need an excuse to drag a kid along to Dreamworks anymore!

It’s not just a Pixar/Disney phenomenon. Really. Grownups can eat children’s cereals and watch animated films without societal permission.

The filmation here is glorious and the sentiment is never sappy. These ARE Vikings, ya’ll.

I’ve only seen the 3rd film, but I have the entire series in front of me to enjoy. So please excuse my initial Peetimes – I’ll update them with the insight of background, as I breeze thru the series this month.

[pullquote position=”right”]I suggest you catch the limited showing today,  at midday Feb 2, at your local AMC, or check times/tickets on Fandango. [/pullquote]You won’t be able to see this until the Wide Release showing until Feb 22 if you miss today’s.

[pullquote]Tissues Alert: you might get misty eyes, but probably won’t outright sob in this feel-good film, bearing an important message.[/pullquote]

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I loved it for now. Let’s table the real review until I am up to date on each part of the trilogy. Be good, dragonriders!

Grade: A-

About The Peetimes: This movie isn’t released in the USA until February 22nd, although there is a small early nationwide Saturday release on Feb 2. I did manage to get to an early screening the day before. There’s a perfect Peetime at 37 minutes in, and you should take that if you can. The 2nd Peetime occurs before the climax and is easy to summarize, but is such a pretty scene that I gave it an Emergency status rating.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for adventure action and some mild rude humor
Genres: Action, Adventure, Animation

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Movie Review – The Boss Baby – Adults Love This More Than Infants

Movie Review - The Boss BabyBoss Baby is hilarious. It is packed with adult humor that will keep the parents laughing, and the children will enjoy the younger humor used too.

I do feel that it’s more geared towards adults than children. They’ll still enjoy it, though. I took my four year-old granddaughter to see it. She has more energy in one fingernail than any power plant on the earth. Yet, she stayed still the whole time and watched it. I think I laughed more than she did, but she clapped at the end, so I know she was paying attention.

The voices are perfect; they fit the characters perfectly. I usually get bored during the animated films, but this one kept me interested the whole time. Great family movie!!

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: I found two really good Peetimes for you to use. Either one will work well, and both will give you enough time.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of The Boss Baby. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for some mild rude humor
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Buy the movie from Amazon.com on DVD or Blu Ray

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Movie Review – Turbo – Faster & Funnier Than a Snail’s Pace

Movie Review - TurboTurbo was a charming little movie about dreams and perseverance.

There was lots of laughter from the children in the audience, and more than a few chuckles from the parents. The characters were cute and interesting.

Samuel Jackson, as the voice of Whiplash, and Paul Giamatti, as the brother Chet, were outstanding.

The plot was easy to follow, and there were a few tense moments near the end to keep the kiddies on the edge of their seats.

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: The first Peetime is best. It’s one long, continuous scene that is very easy to sum up.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Turbo. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for some mild action and thematic elements
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Buy the movie from Amazon.com on DVD or Blu Ray

Movie Review – The Croods – Enough Fun and Humor for Adults Too

TheCroodsThis is a smart, funny, and colorful movie about a clan of cave people who must travel to unknown territory after their cave was destroyed by plate tectonics. They meet up with a more evolved person — his forehead isn’t sloped — who introduces them to the prehistoric version of shoes, cell phones, sun glasses, and a walker for Grandma.

In a way the story is a lesson in history, geology, evolution and, most importantly, relationships.

Grug, the father, is having a difficult time relating to his teenage daughter, Eep. It’s not so very different from today’s struggles between fathers and daughters.  There were laugh out loud moments, and also tender touching moments, topped off with some great action scenes.

This was Nickolas Cage’s finest performance since National Treasure. Emma Stone’s husky yet feminine voice was perfect for the daughter Eep.

This is not a movie for just the kiddies — it will also appeal to the adult audience.

I didn’t see the 3D version of the movie, because I was getting Peetimes — it’s hard to write with those glasses on — but I would highly recommend seeing the 3D. I know that I’m going to go back and re-watch it again, this time in 3D, just to enjoy the beauty.

Movie Grade: A-

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Rise of the GuardiansA visually stunning movie that is destined to become a holiday classic, along with Rudolph and The Grinch. The overarching theme of The Rise of The Guardians revolves around Jack Frost finding his identity, and how important beliefs are in shaping reality.

The importance of “finding your center” is explored by multiple characters. It’s a message that young children may not grasp, but may resonate with some pre-adolescent kids. The movie and its concepts could be used as a stepping stone to a thought provoking discussion with your children afterwards…much the same way that watching Rudolph can lead to a discussion about how everyone feels like a misfit sometimes.[pullquote] And yet that trait that makes us feel like a misfit may later become a source of strength.[/pullquote]

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Movie Review – How to Train Your Dragon (No Spoilers)

How to Train Your Dragon was a good solid kids movie the whole family can enjoy. There were a handful of fun action scenes that appeal to kids. I was surprised it had a PG rating instead of a G. The fighting scenes are very cartoonish: nothing more violent than a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

The movie had a couple of laugh-out-loud moments, but that was it. It wasn’t hilarious by any means.

The story is very easy to follow. Nothing complex to get lost in.

As far as the Peetimes go, I think they are all pretty equal. Each one is fairly easy to sum up. But none of them are as missable as I would really like.

The voice acting was top-notch. Gerard Butler as Hiccup’s dad was perfect. There wasn’t a weak spot in the cast.

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One thing that bothered me a little after the movie: it wasn’t obvious if Toothless knew Hiccup shot him down in the first place. I would have liked to have seen that added in, that after they bond, Toothless discovers the truth and then forgives Hiccup. I think that would be a good message to kids about forgiveness.

What did you think about How to Train Your Dragon? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

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