The Fifty-Five Minute Mark of How to Train Your Dragon

I’d like to say I always undertake a complicated process of research and study, trial and error, and a dozen other acts of preparation before I compose a blog post (Warning: This is gonna be short). But the fact is, a lot of the time, I blog about what’s on my mind at that exact moment.

Pretty profound, huh?


So what’s on my mind right now is a scene from a movie that I consider to be one of the twenty-five greatest films ever. It’s a movie so wonderful that a single blog post won’t do it justice (not that any of my blog posts do any of my subjects justice—did I mention the thugs Woody Allen sent over after I attempted to share my thoughts on Midnight in Paris? I never knew a beating could be so neurotic!).

I’m referring, of course, to the masterpiece known as How to Train Your Dragon.

No. Seriously.

So what if Superman and Wall-E did it too?

And if you don’t think this movie is worthy of my hyperbole, I demand you click on this youtube link and watch from the forty-second mark until the end (the whole thing’s only two-and-a-half minutes long). But before you do, you need to know a couple things. One, John Powell is the composer. He created something transcendent when he created this score, and when he composed this particular song (“Romantic Flight”), I swear he had to be in some sort of ethereal state brought on by angelic possession. You think I’m exaggerating?


Toothless, Hiccup, and Astrid: A Lesson in Great Characterization















Oh, and one last thing…if you haven’t seen the film, the music might not move you as much as it does me (or the four-year-old daughter and six-year-old son who sit in my lap as we watch this film). That’s okay. I think the clip will, at the very least, cause you to be mildly interested in the film, and that’s a very good thing indeed. Special doesn’t even begin to describe this movie. Or John Powell’s score.


Mr. John Powell (in between angelic musical trances)

7 thoughts on “The Fifty-Five Minute Mark of How to Train Your Dragon

  1. Don’t you just love kid’s movies? We watch that movie over and over at our house. Thanks for the lesson. Never thought of it that way.

    BTW, we finally watched the first Narnia. Awesome movie.



  2. I do love kid’s movies, Marika. I really feel like we’re living in a golden age for great films for kids. Pixar almost never disappoints…you’ve got this film…Tangled…I’m very thankful to be a parent for a lot of reasons, but one of them is the fact that I get to watch all these over and over! 🙂


  3. How to Train Your Dragon is one of my favorites, not so much for the score but I’ve never been talented in produceing music or any profound insight in it’s composition. I thought it was a fun movie with great character build up, I don’t know why childrens movies seem to pull me in more than any other films. I’ll watch a thriller or a romance, even horror movie and leave it mostly unchanged, but I watch this film or Up and my heart is on a roller coaster. I nearly shed tears when i watched Toy Story 3! I’m 21, is that weird?


    1. Zach, don’t feel bad at all about nearly shedding tears during Toy Story 3–I bawled like a baby through the last couple scenes. I was such a mess that my kids were watching me with a mixture of wonder and terror. “Um, dad? Are you going to be alright?”

      So you’re not weird at all!


      1. I just hope the quality doesn’t good down by the time I have a chance to share them with my own children someday, just hearing about you with your kids makes me want to experience it for myself.
        Thanks for the responce and good job on your writing, I enjoyed reading your post.


  4. We love this movie as well. My girls who are as girly as girls can be initially put up resistance at watching a “Boy’s movie” as they like to call those in which there is no princess, but they fell in love with the movie. They are mesmerized by the movie.


    1. They sound versatile, Melissa, just like my babies. We go from How to Train Your Dragon to Tangled to Ratatouille to The Incredibles. Genre is no object with the Janzes–we’re all about great cinema! 🙂


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