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There’s Gonna Be Another How to Train Your Dragon

They’re making another How to Train Your Dragon movie, completing a trilogy that was clearly never meant to be a trilogy. Could be fun, though.

I loved the first movie, but didn’t particularly care about the second. It was pretty clear that the first movie was never meant tot have follow-ups, but when the money sings, more movies need to be made. So in coming up with a sequel idea, the writers abused one of my least favorite tropes: taking away what makes the hero special by making it some kind of family destiny.

In the first film, Hiccup is the first viking ever to bond with and train a dragon, since everybody else just fights with them. He’s a maverick as he teams up with Toothless and becomes the first ever dragon knight!

Exceeeeeept…the sequel reveals that his long-lost mother has totally been training dragons for forever, and it’s totally not something unique and special to Hiccup. I hate that trope.

Here’s hoping the threequel is better. It’s subtitled “The Hidden World” about the hidden homeworld of dragons…but then both the first and second films had a hidden dragon land where they all lived comfortably. So how is this new hidden world any different?

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And Now My Watch Begins…

The Game of Thrones finale aired last night, but I won’t get to watch it until I get off work today. The Internet is filled with spoilers, like a dangerous trip north of the Wall. Somehow, some way, I must traverse my day without visiting any spoilery websites. I don’t know how well I’ll do…

But for now, enjoy this mash-up between Game of Thrones and How to Train Your Dragon!

Darth Blender is the excellent video editor behind this beauty. And I think it makes for a solid, enjoyable Monday.

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Training Dragons is Still All the Rage

I liked the first one, and I’m definitely looking forward to How to Train Your Dragon 2. It’s a fun little franchise. Though I’m always a little annoyed when seemingly ordinary protagonists are  retconned to having been the chosen one all along. Hiccup’s mom just happened to already be an experienced dragon rider? So Hiccup’s discovery of tamable dragons, and becoming the first dragon rider of his village, is no longer much of an accomplishment.

It’s Movie Trailer Time!

A couple of movie trailers dropped yesterday for some films I’m interested in seeing. Sounds like postible material to me!

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Hopefully 2014 will be a good year in films.

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