Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders. Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill. 98 min. Rated PG. Animation.
Very impressed. This is not what I'd expected. A simple animated viking story of a boy-dragon friendship, suddenly carries a deep educating message for youngsters, on how to rebuild connections with your blood-sworn enemies: as long as you don't step on their boundaries (as literally shown in the movie), you'll melt the mistrust between you, and make them your greatest ally against a common enemy (in this case, the mega-dragon that is exploiting them). As opposed to the dark movies of the Bush era, we're seeing some great works of cinema (like Avatar), asking us to reach out again.