Tuesday, 11 May 2010
How to Train Your Dragon
Dir: Dean DeBlois/Chris Sanders
How good was this?! It’s a pretty conventional story arc but the real treat is the visual design, both in terms of detail (the Norse textures and trappings are great) and scope. No surprise then to see Roger Deakins credited as visual consultant - the Coen Bros. cinematographer was also used in the same capacity on Wall-E.
The relationship between the boy and his dragon is handled gently; the ‘training’ aspect occupies the middle section and is mostly dialogue-free. As the bond forms between them, the companionship develops - so when real peril comes in the final act, there’s a palpable tension with it.
(image via moviesmedia.ign.com)