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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Now Showing: How To Train Your Dragon

It's the school holidays and so I'm usually obliged to take the 8 year old to see something at the movies. Not that I mind, of course, I'm always happy to take my oldest to the movies (not brave enough to let loose the 3 year old  in such places as yet) as long as they don't feature animals in the lead. Also, I'm not big on live action talking animals but over the years, with the grace given to me, I have managed to survive the horrors of sitting through schmaltzy and pedestrian animal flicks. The things one does for one's children.

Speaking of animals in films, Dreamwork's latest animation venture, How to Train Your Dragon is about a young viking misfit, Hiccup, who to the embarrassment and chagrin of his village, is an inept warrior, hence the appellation. No one, however, is more ashamed than his father and village chief, Stoick who is happy for his clumsy offspring to remain an apprentice with the local swordsmith and out of everyone's way.  Hiccup, however, is desperate to prove himself but his talent lies in design and engineering rather than wielding swords. He is, in short, a viking version of a geek (born several hundred years too early). Unfortunately for him,  no one in the village sees the potential in his weapon designs. Theirs is a fight for survival in the only way they know how, fending off swarms of deadly dragons that raid their food supplies after dark.

How To Train, is a typical fish-out-of-water story along the lines of Happy Feet (but not as dull)... so it's a no brainer as to how it all ends. Nonetheless, the journey is generally a lot of fun and even exhilarating in parts. There are an assortment of dragons, capable of different forms of attack and all hideously endearing. There's even a tiny bit of romance thrown in for good measure.

No doubt, in something like this, there are scary bits -- it is afterall a film that features monsters, great and small. My eight year old seemed especially nervous at one point (and covering her eyes) when man comes face to face with his bestial nemesis for the first time. But she recovered from it soon enough and assured me at the end that she enjoyed the movie very much.


  1. Hey Lilian,
    care to elaborate on why you don't like films with animals in the lead? Is it just a personal preference, or a conviction?

  2. Not a conviction. Just personal taste. :D There's a perennial sameness about them... they also tend to be overly schmaltzy. And it's also probably because I'm not an animal enthusiast.


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