“7 dragons from 7 movies to fire-breath the cinema.”
After the exuberant desolation of Smaug in The Battle of The Five Armies lately, an idea popped in my mind to dedicate a post to my favorite dragons in movies.
Dragons, in many countries, in many cultures, in many legends and tales in the entire world, have many different manifestations and all; but, that’s not the point, the point is: people believes they exist. Some say they’re fierce beasts, some say they bring fortunes, some say they look like lizards, some say they look like dinosaurs or even snakes. And cinema loves them!
Here, 7 cinematic dragons I like most!
Appeared in: Dragonheart (1996)
A rather silly movie with a great dragon, Draco–a hybrid of triceratops and pterodactyl. Draco is the prototype of Cumberbatch-faced Smaug as this creature gives earlier views of how dragon speaks the way man speak—with Sean Connery’s voice.
06. KING GHIDORAH
Appeared in: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), Rebirth of Mothra III (1998), Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
Godzilla might be the most badass giant lizard in cinema with blue flame breath, but, what’s more spectacular than the kaiju king is King Ghidorah. This Godzilla’s arch-enemy, a three-headed dragon, always appear in Godzilla’s biggest battle; even he’s gonna get an appearance in Godzilla 2.
Appeared in: Mulan (1998)
Not only big, badass dragons make to this list, Mushu, a small Chinese-Western hybrid dragon with his crimson skin and old Chinese mustache, makes it. He might be silly but he can still burn things to help Mulan. Little dragon with big talks, who can resist?
04. MALE DRAGON
Appeared in: Reign of Fire (2002)
Even in the modern world, dragons still have a place in the earth—devastating everything, causing an apocalypse, and reigning over everything. In this B-movie sci-fi with Matthew McConaughey and Christian Bale on pitch, male dragons find a way to terrify people—Male Dragons are the real figure of dragon as threats to human. A vicious, merciless beast is all.
Appeared in: A Spirited Away (2001)
Haku, the boy that helps Chihiro in the spirit world, is really a manifestation of a river spirit that can transform to a “Long” kind of dragon. As a dragon, he doesn’t have rough scales, but enchanting with furs; and he’s very friendly and helpful to Chihiro. With Haku and the whole fancy creatures of the spirit world, what doesn’t make A Spirited Away a Ghibli’s grand masterpiece?
Appeared in: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (2014)
Appears as the main trouble in The Hobbit trilogy, Smaug is truly the real popular dragon right now. No doubt, he’s got all the qualities to be a real dragon: fire breath, imperishable scales, greed of golds, and desolation. With Cumberbatch’s face and voice, Smaug nails it—a dragon with most fangirls.
Appeared in: How to Train Your Dragon (2010), How to Train Your Dragon (2014)
A hybrid of your favorite pet and a vicious beast, that’s Toothless. As the last kind of Night Fury, Toothless is far from being hazardous; he’s friendly and cute, moreover, with the assistance of Hiccup. Lately, Toothless, even, has the capability to be the alpha dragon and makes friend with other dragons from Berk. No cute dragon can be more reliable in battle like Toothless, the one and the only.
There are so many other dragons in movies that, probably, deserves to be in this list; but once again, I only chose seven of them to be my most favorite. You might have your own favorite, right? Let me know your own favorites!