I believe that age is just a number, and everyone is young at heart. No one should ever tell you, “Oh, you’re too old to do that.” I especially live by this credo when I go with my friends or family to frequently see children’s movies. They’re lighthearted, always have a happy ending and (in my opinion) the humor appeals not only to children but to adults as well.
This past weekend, my friends and I went to see How to Train Your Dragon 2. For those who are not familiar with the series, it is an animated film set in the days of the Vikings. A young Viking named Hiccup wants to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small and clumsy, but inventive, son to do so.
Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species.
The sequel is essentially about Hiccup and Night Fury having to save their village against an evil dragon trapper (I won’t let out any spoilers about the movie).
I was very excited to see this movie, but I was surprised at the reaction I got when I told people I was interested in seeing it. Some of the top lines I heard were, “Isn’t that a kid’s movie?” and “Aren’t you a little old for those movies?”
I believe that I am never too old for kid’s movies. The themes and lessons in them are something I think everyone can relate to. I’ll admit if there were people older than me in the theater they were escorting kids, but the movie was lined with lessons of courage, bravery and love. Plus, it’s a movie about pet dragons — c’mon, that pretty much sells the movie itself. It was a cute and lighthearted, and I was laughing right along with the kids during the funny parts. My friends and I, whose age ranges from lower to upper twenties, all loved the movie and thought it was a fantastic sequel.
So for all you young at heart folks: don’t be discouraged when people say you’re too old for something. Just keep doing what makes you happy, and remember — age is just a number.