How to Train a Dragon, Reviews 1 and 2

Our local theater has dollar movies for kids on Tuesday mornings during the summer.  We have finally seen Kung-Fu Panda and How to Train a Dragon.

I really enjoyed HTTD (How to Train a Dragon).  There were a few intense scenes that I could tell bothered the kids but they seemed to like it after it was over.  I do expect at least one late-night visitor soon, though.

The moral, as I saw it, wasn’t pushed on the audience but it was clear.  Who do we fear and why?  What if we got to know that person or group that we fear so much?  What if our greatest enemy could become an ally if we just stopped to talk about things?

“What if everything we knew about X was wrong?”  In the film, it’s dragons.  They hated dragons, killed dragons, had books on dragons.  One young man found out that they really didn’t know much about dragons.  He discovered that they can even become your pet if you treat them kindly.

As Christians, we are called to love our enemies and pray for them. Love seeks to understand.

One of my favorite Abraham Lincoln stories is the fact that he added his harshest critic, William Seward, to his cabinet.  Seward, known otherwise for the acquisition of Alaska, changed his view of President Lincoln after time.

Lincoln is known for this quote:  “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.”

We fear Muslims.  We fear Homosexuals.  We fear minorities from certain parts of town.

What if we got to know some and become friends with them?

I doubt we would change our opinion on Salvation or Sin but life could be better, and the world might be a lot more peaceful.

But of course, many of our enemies would never do that, so we can’t take the chance of stepping out in faith to try to achieve reconciliation.  We won’t risk loss or hurt.  Sadly, even though Christ calls us to lay down our lives for others and even defines the greatest virtue in that way, we would rather kill than be killed.


How to Train a Dragon, Part 2 by Nairb SualkciN

HTTD is typical of what Hollywood has been trying to force down our throats for years.  Their agenda was obvious and sickening:
Accept everybody.
“Why can’t we just all get along?”

After decades of trying to push eastern religion and philosophy, at least they changed their tune to that of Norse Mythology.  Jokes using Oden’s or Thor’s name in vain fell flat.  The references were minimal but there.

The message of tolerance and multiculturalism is still dangerous. We are told that those trying to kill us are just misunderstood and if we truly understood them, we might think differently about them.

Hollywood continues to push its homosexual agenda and this is the latest argument.  And while we are fighting a war against terror, the film seems to imply that a bunch of touchy-feely sharing sessions will put an end to war and conflict.  If only it were that easy.

The film wants us to believe that maybe those people are not so bad after-all.  Be careful with that line of reasoning.

If you don’t kill the dragon, it will kill you.  It’s that simple.


9 thoughts on “How to Train a Dragon, Reviews 1 and 2

  1. Dede Rothermel

    I think both sides have a valid point (even if your alter ego’s opinion is overly extreme). I definitely agree that we should not fear and avoid people because they sin or are different from us. But I think it depends on where you are spiritually which message you need to hear.

    I know that I find it really hard to accept/hold-on-to the idea that my Muslim and homosexual friends are sinning by doing what they believe so fervently to be correct. I mean, God says clearly that homosexuality is wrong and that his way is the only right way, so I know that my friends are incorrect. But it seems much easier and better, sometimes, to just say “We are both right, let’s just get along,” which I know is not biblical. In that sense, I think the underlying message of the second review is an important one.

    Kill or be killed is not biblical, though, and is quite extreme…

    By the way, I love your blog, it’s really entertaining and makes me think 🙂

  2. brian

    also, dontchaknow,

    making your opponents look as extreme as possible is the way politics works, and has infiltrated the church, and my blog.

    been in the church a long time even when not discussing politics

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