Finally, it was my time to introduce a movie my BF hadn’t seen! Although to be fair I think he’s much more of a movie buff than I am. What saves me is when I was in high school theatre, we thought it was our creative thespian duty to watch old classic films so I clocked in some hours back then.
But he hadn’t seen How to Train Your Dragon, and I’m not even sure what got us on it, and since it’s been so long since I’ve seen it, watching it was like seeing it (almost) for the first time.
Even if you don’t have kids, How to Train Your Dragon is visually stunning, and it’s hard not to appreciate the art work that went into this computer animated movie. It’s also a fantastic underdog story.
The idea though of rooting for the underdog is not common in Thailand (and possibly other Asian countries). For me, getting to unravel these cultural differences in a learning environment is one of the reasons why I like teaching. I’ve never had to explain this concept before, and I’m not sure my students really got it either, but at least it gave them something to think about.
It’s also interesting to consider the differences between how the East versus the West portray dragons. In Western cultures, dragons are typically evil, guarding treasure, and greatly feared. In the East, dragons are lucky, they are depicted everywhere on temples, clothing, and even have an esteemed place on the zodiac.
When I was getting ready to watch this film for the first time, I thought ‘it’s going to be a nice Disney-like movie’, but boy was I wrong. HTTYD exceeded my expectations and I fell in love. Audiences around the world must have felt the same way as it earned nearly $500 million, received many awards, and has been followed up by two (also successful) sequels.
I love this movie (and yes I cried at the end). Looking forward to watching 2 and 3 soon.
Have you seen How To Train Your Dragon?