While this movie may sound like an instruction manual for wizards, it is in fact a very well-made animated film that teaches a lot of important lessons. One of the things this film aims to teach is about acceptance and inclusion, which it does beautifully. This film takes the story of a boy and his pet and flips it on his head as a young Viking captures and befriends a mystery, injured dragon. The animation is phenomenal and proves that digital animation is a trend that isn’t going anywhere. The film also explores gender stereotypes as the main character isn’t a tough guy, but it instead his love interest who throws elbows and protects him. There is a lot to love about this movie, but it is its message of inclusion and individuality that makes it a significant piece of film culture.
Funny and charming, this one deserves repeat viewings.
Not all dragons can be trained, but I’d estimate around…
4 out of 5