|Posted by ella on April 5, 2010 at 5:35 AM|
Aside from mermaids, witches and wizards, it’s the dragons that I am fond of ever since I was a child. I can’t exactly remember which dragon I was first introduced to but what I can remember is feeling close to crying when I found out that Jackie Paper left Puff for other toys. I can remember spending one hot afternoon reading comics of Jason the Argonaut the highlight of which was putting wool over the dragon’s eyes so that Jason can get the Golden Fleece.
(Dragon guarding the Golden Fleece)
Over the years, I met and fell in love with other dragons. And my fascination with them just grew. There was Norbert in Harry Potter, Saphira in Eragon, and even Penelope in Barbie’s Rapunzel won me over.
(Rapunzel and Penelope)
Yet, there’s this certain dragon movie which even after seeing its trailer a couple of times did not catch my attention: How to Train Your Dragon. Have it not for the good ratings of Jon (my officemate), it would not have crossed my mind to watch it.
Shella and I were so impressed with Jon’s feedbacks that come Wednesday, (our last day @ Petron Mega Plaza) we headed straight (not) to Green Belt 3 to watch How to Train Your Dragon in 3D!!
How to Train Your Dragon is a movie adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s book series. Hiccup’s village is in constant war with dragons. Dragons are great nuisance to their homes and livestock. Dragons are considered as “extremely dangerous” and the people should “strike them to death” upon encounter. As a Viking, Hiccup wanted to join the first-hand action instead of being stuck in forging weapons but his father thinks that Hiccup is lacking the ability to fight dragons. (I will doubt it too, judging his thin arms and small physique). But Hiccup is determined to prove otherwise. So one night, while the rest of his village was busy fighting dragons left and right, Hiccup readied his contraption, waiting for the Night Fury, the most difficult dragon to catch and he did just that! But when it’s time to kill the Night Fury Hiccup realized that his father was right, he could not kill it but not because he did not have the guts but because he saw himself in the dragon. The same fear was mirrored in the dragon’s eyes. So instead of killing it, he let it loose. And there start Hiccup’s and Night Fury’s adventures.
I really enjoyed the movie. (I’m sure Shella can confirm this ;)) It was fun, there’s some scenes that made me laugh out loud. I particularly enjoyed the “training” part, even though Shella said that she almost fell asleep on the same part. ^_^ Also, I like how Hiccup and Toothless (Night Fury) shared the same fate in the end. It made their relationship more like equal instead of being that of a master and a pet.
Kids will surely love this movie and I think even us adults can learn a thing or two. How to Train Your Dragon teaches us the way to a dragon’s heart but more important than that it teaches us that:
1. What we sow, we will reap.
2. Resort to aggression and worse will come back to you.
3. Not everything can be resolved through violence and war.
4. Sometimes, we must put ourselves in the shoes of others so we can understand
where they were coming from. ^_^
In the end, I too fell in love with Toothless and I would have love for the movie to go on and on. Lol.
3 wingspans out of 5