I pretty much love this movie. In preparation for the sequel, I ended up watching it twice in one week with different people, proving that I can’t get tired of watching it (at least not easily), and that I’ll notice new things every time.
The main character, Hiccup (or Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, as he’s known in the books), is quirky, sarcastic, and utterly relatable, and Toothless is the perfect cross between a cat and a lizard; adorable without being too cute.
It does fail the Bechdal test, but at least manages to have two whole female characters with names and lines, both of whom are fairly badass. All in all, the supporting characters are pretty wonderfully entertaining, and manage to have great character development even with limited screen time.
I wasn’t too sold on the Big Bad (a giant dragon on a far off island), but the emotional conflict of Hiccup trying to prove himself to his father, and change his village’s entire way of thinking, was strong enough to carry the plot for me.