Pixar is still tops when it comes to animation, but don’t overlook Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon, recently out on DVD. The movie’s unlikely hero is Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, a scrawny Viking who uses brains over brawn to befriend a wounded dragon. The real star, however, is legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who directed the 3-D flight sequences. The whoosh-bang joy of fire-breathing dragons soaring through the sky is a reminder of why we still go to the movies.
- Derek L. John