First of all… WOW! This has been a rip-roaring roller-coaster ride on flaming flight. It has been long since I have last had such an adventure; well, almost five years ago, also in Berk. It has wonderfully carved the characters from teenage to adulthood, in a soul searching saga unlike most film franchises out there.
As I myself have had my fair share of life changing events through this half a decade; I found myself relating to this movie as a mother. In theory, we grow up seeing ourselves as the heroes of our own stories, with a center point of focus on our quest amongst supporting sidekicks that seemingly serve our purpose. In reality, those ideals are shattered the first moment you put a little person’s needs ahead of your own, slowly creeping into the shadows. Believe me, though we may not admit it, most of our identity-crisis as parents stems from this somewhat selfish feeling.
With Valka, I have seen a mother who might have gone too far for what she believed in; losing hope of change of her people and burdened with guilt towards her son for those controversial choices. However, she meets an accepting and forgiving Hiccup whose confusion had now been resolved that as a dragon master he is “like mother like son”. A reassurance to all us parents with our small mistakes that we’re doing okay (just don’t try this at home).
SPOILERS ALERT: Yet is not all dancing and dreaming with this emotionally-resonant story; for I have felt more for Valka’s loss of Stoick more than anyone, it makes us learn how time is gold with loved ones. That moment only makes it ever harder for her to accept those twenty years of absence, no matter how justifiable her choice not to return then might have seemed.
In the midst of political turmoil; the deep messages ring through the halls. Evidence of peace has been the moral of the first film, yet a more pivotal point is that of forgiveness. Drago the Bloodthirst’s backstory of pain and loss may sound all too causal, yet in his name lays the reality of vendetta that blinds with power. Why should his vengeance of destructive dragons fall as wrath upon opposing people? A question that shows how the most eloquently spoken of oppressors justify their ways. And a true test of friendship was when Toothless fell for the Alpha’s command; “Good dragons under the control of bad people do bad things.” I can only imagine a powerful youth growing with such messages as opposed to lame damsels in distress of the 50s cartoons; where now evil should be differentiated, negotiated, persuaded, pardoned and finally fought at the top. Times of tyranny may be over if they can no longer divide and conquer.
That and a whole handful of positive representations of disability, female heroines, family and friends. I can’t wait to enjoy it again.