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I'm sorry, but this film is too overhyped and overrated.
Just because it's one of the few Dreamworks films without pop-culture gags that was released in 2010 (a year of few very good movies) does not mean it's a masterpiece.
First off, I will admit this has some good points. The music and animation are brilliant, and after the final battle our hero does not come out unscathed.
But that's it.
The film falls flat on so many levels.
Astrid is just your usual "violent-girl-turned-girlfriend" character with no other personality whatsoever. And I hate that her "punch-and-kiss" gag is condoned. It should not be.
Snot, Ruff and Tuff were jerks and karma houdinis - nothing else that makes them interesting.
Fishlegs is entirely a soulless, empty character.
And Stoick is just abusive.
He's just as bad as Buck Cluck from Chicken Little, yet this film is ridiculously overrated and Stoick is ridiculously over-loved by most people.
The only characters that one can root for are Hiccup, Gobber and Toothless.
The rest are either zombie-bland or hideous to the point that I wish that they were killed by the Red Death.
And Hiccup's character suffers from some stupid writing.
We lost our leg? Never mind that (in under a minute) - happily ever after.
Nearly everyone abuses me? Forget about that at the end! Happily ever after 'cause we won!
So much crap happens to Hiccup that he should have had a scene where he calls out those who wronged him. But he doesn't.
He's just another bland hero guy. The only reason why I root for him in this movie is that along with Toothless and Gobber, Hiccup is not an unbearable jackass unlike the rest of his tribe.
But yes, bland hero writing and a lack of dire consequences (emotional scarring, anger at abuse, amputation freak-out, etc.) drag down this movie.
There wasn't a single onscreen Viking death.
Just how realistic is that?!
Oh, and I also feel the need to mention that the Battle with the Red Death goes against the film's message of "dragons are not bad and violence shouldn't be used as a first resort".
This movie was just pretentious and soulless.
It's overrated and fails to get its mature ideas across.
I'll say it again.
This movie is overrated and pretentious.
It's not bad - but it's not good either.
It's entirely mediocre.
The sequel did a way better job.
I have no strong feelings related to this movie, but you don't have to repeat pretentious & overrated so many times. Go into more detail, so people can understand your opinion better. Just some advice.
For all that overly subjective reviews get a lot of flak and all that, overly adjective ones are way worse.
@ Yasmin Perry
I would go into more detail, if not for the 400 word limit.
So if you need to ask me any questions, feel free to.
Why, exactly is Hiccup such a "bland hero guy"? Why exactly is Astrid a "violent-girl-turned-girlfriend character"? These are the sort of things good reviews go into.
As I already said, it's kind of hard to get in-depth with just a 400 word limit.
But I will answer your questions.
Let's start with Hiccup.
He's just an abused hero who forgives all of those who wronged him at the end without second thoughts or hesitation.
That's just bland writing and unrealistic.
And regarding losing his leg... I already said that he forgets about that in under a minute - which is also unrealistic.
And about Astrid...
She and Hiccup are opposites, yet they start a (seemingly) comfortable relationship by the movie's end in just under a day no less.
That just ain't right.
And no, Astrid needed to become more calmer and less hot-headed if she and Hiccup's relationship were to work (which she finally does in HTTYD 2).
What a poor review, repeating it\'s over and it\'s overrated and pretentious doesn\'t make it true or mean anything.
Blaming the word limit is a poor excuse when, as people keep pointing out, you waste a lot and I mean a lot of words repeating the same things over and over again. It's even weirder when the review reads like something one would write in junior high, trying to "reach" the word minimum for an essay by dragging it out as much as possible.
All that could be taken out and still have the same review. 119 words right there.
You try writing a good review in just 400 words (which was the limit back when this was written).
Anyhow, to answer, and expand my points:
Stoick is an unlikable asshole. He's an Abusive Parent who doesn't get what he deserves and frankly it's unfair how Valka from the second movie is just lambasted by fans while Stoick gets praised on "how much of a good father he is". Laughable.
I'll say it again: Buck Cluck > Stoick.
Astrid is objectively bland and is just a vehicle to abuse the abhorrent Slap Slap Kiss trope. It's also not a healthy idea to promote that you can show fondness of others through violence, nor has it ever been a healthy idea at all.
The rest of the vikings (bar Gobber and Fishlegs) are just sheer unlikable jerks who gave Hiccup so much grief that the way they get off so easily at the end is legitimately horrendous writing.
Is it that hard to believe that some people loathe this movie because the majority of the cast are unlikable assholes?
If you want a link to a better review (which you're entitled to) that encapsulates all of my ideas and more, here:
By all means, keep plugging your ears, if that's what you wish to do.
Doesn't make any good points (which are expanded upon if you look at my replies in the comments) less valid.
Bright Light, you are getting out of line in your comments. Take a breath; remember to be civil. Continuing on in this way is a good way to have your access restricted.
I did, so did hundreds of other people. What you basically did was say \"\'xthis movie is really really really really really (x50) bad\'\'\" then blame the word limit when called out on lack of elaboration. It\'s not that is [[Strawman hard to believe people dislike the film]], but that you wanted us to take it as a matter if fact.
Sorry. In hindsight my latest comment was a bit too harsh.
I also elaborated my points when prompted through rebuttals, so this review and the ensuing discussion hasn't been entirely fruitless.
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