Review: How to Train Your Dragon 3 – The Hidden World

So Dreamworks flagship goes the way of trilogy of Godfather, Robocop, and Back to the Future… where the third entry is definitely the weakest. When a new threat to their pet dragons emerges, the vikings of Berk need to consider finding a new home. Meanwhile, love is in the air when Toothless meets a Lightfury….

Review: The Road to El Dorado

The bizarre combo of Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh as our leads gives a quirky heart to a forgotten Dreamworks Animation Studio style… Two thieves acquire a map leading them to the hidden city of gold, El Dorado. But when they find it their morals shift when they meet El Dorado’s natives and their friendship…

Trilogy Review: Kung Fu Panda

I am not a fan of Jack Black. In fact I tell people often that he only works best when not in a leading role. After all, we can cite plenty of films he has headlined that did not work out (Gulliver’s Travels, Year One etc) So it always perplexes me when I really enjoy…

Review: How to Train your Dragon 2 (3D)

Four years in the making and this sequel does what few ever manage; soaring as high as its predecessor! Life on the island of Berk has improved since Hiccup proved to the viking people that the native dragons could be friends, even pets. We see Hiccup’s impression on the village with everyone using gadgets and…

Review: How to Train your Dragon

2010 was a tough, tough year to rate films; so many excellent films, it remains the most memorable year for me. Inception won out, but even with Tron Legacy and Toy Story 3, How to Train your Dragon came a very, very tight second behind Christopher Nolan’s mind-warping thriller. Even now… I question that choice:…

Review: The Croods

Dreamworks newest animated outing held a lot of promise in my mind, from a promising trailer showing some gorgeous landscapes, colourful creatures and good laughs. Yet while these are present, it didn’t play out as well as I’d hoped. The Croods are a prehistoric caveman family and the father, Grug (Nicolas Cage) protects them by being overly paranoid…

Review: Rise of the Guardians

The Avengers Assemble with Santa Claus? It is a ridiculous concept, yet Rise of the Guardians is so nice to look at and has enough smart dialogue to rise from mediocrity. Our story follows Jack Frost, a newly awoken “Guardian”, a Guardian is one of the many mythical characters from fairy tales who do indeed exist,…

Review: Puss in Boots

There is still a gulf between Dreamworks quality and Pixar quality, (excluding How to Train Your Dragon, of course) but Puss in Boots leaves the crumbling nonsense of the Shrek series and makes something of itself. Puss In Boots is a prequel to the Shrek films and follows the loveable feline rogue as he seeks…