Review | How to Train Your Dragon

Credit: DreamWorks Animation

Opens: Friday 3/26

Us Rating: ***

Misfit teen Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel) knows he’s supposed to kill the dragons that fly over his village. But when he gets a chance, he befriends one instead — and sees that adults have it wrong: The beasts only want peace. The 3-D flick's animation is inspiring, especially in the battle scenes and when the impeccably crafted dragons fly. Yet the film's soul can be found in the quiet moments when Hiccup and the creature bond silently (refreshingly, the dragon never starts speaking).

--Bradley Jacobs