It has been around a year since the last time I watched it,and this is my third time to be with the amazing story for an hour and a half.Surprisingly,I can still feel something new and meaningful after watching it.
Besides the touching scenes that Hiccup and Toothless play and train together,I discovered something more in this film.
Firstly,I found that most people do not realize that they are suffering from things they don’t have to.At the beginning of the film,Hiccup tells us that”Killing a dragon is everything around here.”showing the social norms in Berk,which is also he keeps trying to meet.However,Hiccup is not the kind of strong and fierce traditional Viking boy so he suffers for who he is.
Take a look at our society.The goals created by our era and social norms for most of us is to become rich ,famous,squash in the upper class and receive constant admiration from others. In the social circle we students live in,it’s perfectness of excelling in everything and winning every competition.But are these what we really need and want?What are the essentials under these norms and goals?They are happiness ,meanings,and a sense of self worth. As you can tell from the story,what Hiccup really needs are not fame,admiration or a girlfriend,but recognition ,understanding and love from his father and his self worth in the village,all of which will eventually lead to a happy and meaningful life. Similarly,we don’t necessarily need great wealth, power or admiration from others to be happy,nor do we have to stay up so late just to show how hard-working and awesome we are rather than seek truth and free our thoughts ,at least not every one of us.But it seems like that our thoughts are confined to these social norms which we suffer from every single day but we don’t even know we are being hurt because we think this is how the whole world works since we were born.However,we are never supposed to be the slaves of the society or kept in the prison of era. Just like Hiccup cuts the ropes binding Toothless,we can break the walls trammeling our minds.
Secondly,one way to break stereotypes is to get emotionally connected with others.When Astrid asks Hiccup why he let Toothless go instead of killing him,Hiccup responds that “I wouldn’t kill him because he was as afraid as I was.I saw myself in his eyes.”How simple,no theories,no debates,no moral principles,no deep thinking or the “I know I shouldn’t think like that but I just can’t help.” but just emotional understandings for others. Sometimes if you feel it so hard to persuade your mind,why not try opening your heart?
The movie is over,but the story goes on.Hiccup will continue his adventure when the third film of the series comes out and I will be there for another great experience.