Friday, April 4, 2014
Dragon Friday: top 8 movies with dragons in them
Welcome to Dragon Friday, where I yammer on about my favorite mythological creatures: dragons. If you love dragons, you're in the right place. Today, I count down my top 8 movies (movies, not series, GoT fans) with dragons in them.
Ready, then? Here we go.
8. Reign of Fire
Okay, so there were plot holes. Big ones. Ones you could hide a dragon in. But for pure action, and for bad ass dragons that acted like bad ass dragons, you couldn't really ask for more. The huge drake at the end was truly impressive, which is why this gets a spot on my favorite dragon movies list.
7. Sleeping Beauty
One word: Maleficent. Arguably Disney's baddest villain. This is what a dragon should be: big, scary, savage, nigh unstoppable. Even today, the big black and purple dragon looms over Disney towers and makes appearances on live shows, television, and video games. I cannot wait to see the new Maleficent movie, just because of the dragon.
6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Yes, Norbert was small and cute. And the Gringott's dragon was awesome. But my favorite was the infamous Hungarian Horntail, because he was the dragon that gave Harry a real challenge. He was fast, vicious, spiky, and dangerous. No cuddly dragon here.
5. The Neverending Story
Speaking of cuddly dragons. I actually liked the book version of Falcor better than the movie, because he seemed more playful and dragon-y, but who wouldn't love a fuzzy white luck dragon with big puppy dog eyes? For pure nostalgia, Falcor was a staple of my childhood.
"I am the great STONE dragon!" Yeah, Mushu wasn't exactly huge or terrifying, but for pure attitude, he couldn't be bigger. Proving not all dragons have to be gigantic to be awesome.
Sean Connery as a dragon. Um, yeah, that's just Win right there.
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
You knew he was coming. Yes, here is the king, the original flying, firebreathing lizard of doom. Smaug is the perfect embodiment of all things dragon. His size, his intelligence, his love of gold, his deep voice (Thank you Benedict Cumberbatch). Is it wrong that, while watching both Hobbit movies, I was cheering on the dragon? Admit it, you were as well. ;-)
And my #1 favorite dragon movie of all time is...
1. How to Train Your Dragon
Well, this was easy. Not only is it my #1 dragon movie of all time, it is one of my all time favorite movies period. Who knew that a little black dragon with huge eyes and attitude would rocket into stardom as the world's most adorable dragon? How many millions of moviegoers left the theater sad that they didn't have their own Toothless?
I know I was.
So those are my top 8 dragon movies! Did yours make the list? Who is your favorite movie dragon? (And here's crossing fingers that, someday, the dragons of Talon will be featured in someone's "favorite dragons" list.)