After a considerable amount of deliberation on what New York Times article I should respond to, I came up with a much more fitting idea: a movie review of “How To Train Your Dragon” on IMDB. While the comment is still pending on the website, here is what I wrote:
“When “How To Train Your Dragon” initially came out in theaters, I was skeptical. Not to say that I don’t love a good cartoon or the idea of a fantasy world where such majestic creatures exist (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars happen to be some of my all time favorite films), but the title didn’t exactly scream excitement.
But as the old proverbial phrase goes, do not judge a cover by its dragon. If you do in this case, Toothless will immediately win you over.
“How To Train Your Dragon” is not just a movie about teaching a dragon a few new tricks. It’s a story about camaraderie, redemption and defying the odds. Those may sound like heavy words for such a light-hearted title, but you will have to watch for yourself if you want to prove me wrong. And I promise, you wont.
The power of the film is undeniable, and it’s why my 57-year-old father and I will watch it every time we are lucky enough to find it playing on HBO (I have made myself sound sufficiently weird but I promise I’m a pretty normal 21-year-old). It’s a movie that never gets old. The music in the film, written by John Powell, has the ability to move you to utter silence and make you feel as if you are part of the scene. It’s a movie that leaves you yearning for a dragon of your own and cursing the fact they don’t actually exist.
This film is both humbling and hilarious, due to the familiar voices of Gerarld Butler, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (formerly known as McLovin). Though it sadly lost its 2011 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film to Toy Story 3 (blasphemy), “How to Train Your Dragon” is truly one for the ages.”
Hopefully my review doesn’t sound sarcastic because this is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. I tried to “establish a relationship” with the reader by explaining what about the movie appealed to me and also by citing other films that readers may appreciate. I also attempted the “teach an old cliche new tricks” with my cheesy line: “do not judge a cover by its dragon.”
When my comment is published, it can be found on this url: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0892769/
I should also add that the comment was written using my alter ego, Toothlesslover. For some reason, every combination of my name was already taken and, unashamed, I went with this instead.