So, call me biased but I think Vikings are pretty fricken awesome. Tough, violent, crazy, funny, and with a kind of F*** the World attitude seen only in the most badass of warriors. They’re probably some of the coolest things to come out of Europe, since ever. But there is one thing that can give them a run for their money in the World of Awesome things:
Dragons. Those flame throwing, flying, reptilian monsters of legend that have adorned myths and legends as both wise teachers and terrible foes. So awesome were they that the Viking put carved dragon heads on the prows of their ships.
So, what could be cooler than a movie that has both Vikings and Dragons? Well, to be honest not much. The new How to Train Your Dragon movie that came out over the weekend figured this out and ran with it. Based on a pretty popular book series, which I haven’t read, it rocked the Awesome Meter to 10. Starting out with the basic, but very enjoyable premise of Vikings fighting Dragons it played jokes and ran around with all the common tropes, including Horned Helmets.
And then the Vikings learned to ride the Dragons.
As if two of the most badass killers of the ancient world fighting was enough to doom the world, they go for the team up. That’s right, Vikings ridding Dragons.
You’re so F***ed now.
Yet, this didn’t stop the movie from being a very heartwarming and touching story, even for a badass Viking like myself. (Well, crazy ass Viking at least.) Hiccup and Astrid had a very well put together and written relationship. Hiccup and the Nightfury dragon Toothless worked well together. And having Gerard Butler (the greatest man of our time) and Craig Ferguson as Vikings was all kinds of epic funny and awesome.
I recommend everyone with even a passing interest in Vikings or Dragons to check it out. You won’t be sorry. Btw, try Imax 3D. It makes everything better.