The 10 Best Movie Dragons10個最佳電影龍

January 3, 2013  |  9:09am

Ancient mapmakers used to designate mysterious or perilous geography with the legend “Here There Be Dragons.” In today’s pop culture, the most long-awaited dragons aren’t here just yet. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson only afforded a brief glimpses of Smaug, J.R.R. Tolkien’s ancient, avaricious reptile. Part two of The Hobbit trilogy, subtitled The Desolation of Smaug (due in theaters Dec. 13, 2013) should provide a showcase for one of literature’s most famous monsters, with “Sherlock’s” Benedict Cumberbatch providing the voice and motion-capture movements a la Andy Serkis’ Gollum. Plus, in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Danaerys’ three young dragons have so far merely been cute little lizards, but if the series continues to track George R.R. Martin’s books, they’ll get bigger and more threatening after the show returns for its third season on March 31. Fearsome creatures that cross cultures, dragons have made high-profile appearances in live-action and animated films for years:

10. Dragonheart (1996)
Rob Cohen’s fantasy epic plays partly like a mismatched buddy comedy, only the reluctant partners turn out to be a monster-slaying knight (Dennis Quaid) who teams with the last remaining reptilian monster to fight a young tyrant (David Thewliss). The film cleverly casts Sean Connery as the cantankerous but dignified creature and the film features some occasionally inspired bursts of comedy: at one point the two protagonists have a stand-off, with the knight holding a sword while inside the dragon’s mouth. The film loses some credit by naming the dragon “Draco,” which sounds like the “John Smith” of dragon names.


9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two.  (2011)
The mythological beasts pay frequent visits to the Harry Potter series. The first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, establishes Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid as a dragon enthusiast and introduces a cute hatchling named Norbert. The Goblet of Fire delivers a dandy battle scene between Harry and a bristling “Hungarian Horntail” as part of the Tri-Wizard Tournament. The best dragon, however, occurs when Harry and his pals attempt a heist from the wizard bank Gringott’s and discover a sightless albino dragon as a subterranean guard. Both a menacing creature and a pitiable one, the dragon conveys plentiful personality in brief screen time and provides the heroes with a spectacular getaway.



8. Reign of Fire (2002)
In one of cinema’s strangest post-apocalyptic scenarios, a brood of fire-breathing dragons hatch in contemporary London and proceed to lay waste to the planet, until a ragtag group of English survivors (including Christian Bale and Gerard Butler) and some American commandos (led by a whiskered Matthew McConaughey) team up to battle them in Northumberland. The dark, moody tone and squabbles between the humans keep the film from being as much fun as it should be, but the dragons provide a delightful bunch of old-school monsters who threaten mankind like a plague of devils. The film’s coolest image, of dragons incinerating London’s House of Parliament, is better captured in the poster than the actual movie.


7. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Disney’s animated feature draws heavily from the Tchaikovsky ballet for a film that has the loveliness of a medieval tapestry, but not a lot of narrative punch. This changes at the end when Prince Philip comes to Sleeping Beauty’s rescue and the evil sorceress Maleficent transforms into a splendidly-designed dragon with a nifty black, purple and yellow color scheme and horns that match the witch’s headdress. Maleficent the dragon proved to be Disney’s scariest big-screen creation since the devil Chernabog in the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment of 1940’s Fantasia.


6. Beowulf (2007)
Robert Zemeckis’ animated take on the epic poem suffers from some of the same Uncanny Valley issues as his previous “performance capture” film The Polar Express. Ironically, the marauder that dominates the film’s last act looks more realistic than most of the supporting humans. The underrated film deserves more attention than it received in release, primarily for its clever script by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery, which provides some ingenious twists on the Old English epic. I won’t spoil the particulars, but warrior-turned-king Beowulf (Ray Winstone) turns out to have a relationship to the dragon, which lends the story some of the tragic complexity of Le Morte d’Arthur.


5. Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Japan’s line-up of kaiju monsters features several giant, fire-breathing reptiles, with Godzilla and the fire-breathing turtle Gamera arguably qualifying as dragons. Godzilla’s arch-nemesis, the invading alien King Ghidorah, features a design that harks back most directly to dragons of yore, and features three heads with crocodilian faces, a bifurcated tail, golden scales and a penchant for emitting lightning bolts at enemies. Appearing in a half-robotic version in 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Ghidorah is probably the deadliest beast in all of Godzilla lore, and takes on all of his rivals in 1968’s Destroy All Monsters.


4. Dragonslayer (1981)
The central creature of this downbeat medieval adventure has unquestionably the best name of any movie dragon ever – “Vermithrax Pejorative” – and gets a terrific build-up. It ventures forth from a burning lake in ominous cave and feeds on a steady diet of sacrificial virgins chosen by a rigged lottery by the corrupt local monarch. An ill-fated village priest (Ian McDiarmid, Emperor Palpatine himself) accuses Vermithrax of being straight-up Satan and gets burned alive for his trouble. It’s a shame the well-intentioned movie surrounding the monstrosity doesn’t hold together better. It’s clearly inspired by Star Wars, but, as a sorcerer’s plucky apprentice, Peter MacNicol proves so callow, he makes Mark Hamill look like Harrison Ford. Nevertheless, the film features some shocking violence for a PG Disney movie, as well as undeniably cool design, including a 40 foot hydraulic dragon that conveys Vermithrax as old, dirty and hateful.


3. The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Ray Harryhausen spent decades as the mastermind of cinema’s stop-animation monsters, including dinosaurs and such dragon-like creations as the seven-headed hydra of Jason and the Argonauts. You couldn’t ask for a more classic take on a dragon than green, ridged beast from The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, which provides a fire-breathing obstacle for the hero, engages in a battle royal with a giant Cyclops and, in the film’s final moments, can only be stopped with a gargantuan crossbow. Harryhausen’s energetic behemoth has more personality than virtually any of the CGI dragons of recent years.


2. How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
Culture includes a long tradition of cute monsters, from “Puff, The Magic Dragon” toPete’s Dragon to kiddie show “Dragon Tales.” How To Train Your Dragon manages to have creatures that are both adorable and formidable. Arguably the best film produced to date from DreamWorks Animation, this loose adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s series features imaginatively designed, amusing creatures that still seem unquestionably dangerous, like the Gronkle, a chubby, wide-mouthed beast that hovers like a bumble bee. The feature film includes a bloated, Leviathan-sized horror called The Red Death, but possibly the franchise’s scariest creation is “The Boneknapper” from the sequel short of the same name. This massive marauder dresses itself in the skeletons of its victims, so pleasant dreams, kids!


1. Spirited Away (2002)
Japan’s Studio Ghibli took a stab at Ursula LeGuin’s literary dragons, to mixed results, with 2011’s Tales of Earthsea, directed by Goro Miyazaki. The young filmmaker’s father, the brilliant Hayao Miyazaki, crafted a fascinating dragon character five years earlier with his Oscar-winning Spirited Away. When contemporary girl Chihiro becomes drawn into a supernatural realm, a dashing young prince-type named Haku comes to her aid. It turns out that Haku can transform into a dragon, with a long, sinuous neck, white fur and a lupine face, who takes Chihiro for a spectacular flight in one of Miyazaki’s signature air travel scenes. Chihiro proves to be Haku’s savior, helping him with stand a flock of deadly paper attackers and helping to restore his identity as a river spirit. Haku would be an interesting character even if he wasn’t a dragon: his non-human guise is gravy.



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在電影的奇特後世界末日的情景之一,噴火的育雛小龍孵出當代倫敦,繼續奠定浪費地球,直到英語倖存者(包括克里斯蒂安·貝爾和烏合之眾組杰拉德·巴特勒)和一些美國突擊隊員(由一名鬍子馬修·麥康納)組隊戰鬥他們在諾森伯蘭郡。黑暗,喜怒無常的語氣和人類之間的爭吵讓這部電影被盡可能多的樂趣,因為它是應該的,但小龍提供一個愉快的一堆老派的怪物誰威脅到人類就像魔鬼的瘟疫。影片的最酷 ​​的形象,龍焚燒倫敦的下議院的,更好的海報比實際電影拍攝的。

迪斯尼的動畫片吸引 ​​大量來自柴可夫斯基芭蕾,有一個中世紀的掛毯的可愛一部電影,但不是很多敘事一拳。這改變時,在結束菲利普親王來到睡美人的救援和邪惡的女巫Maleficent轉變成出色設計的龍,一記漂亮的黑色,紫色和黃色的配色方案,配合女巫的頭飾角。Maleficent龍被證明是迪士尼的最可怕的大屏幕製作,因為魔鬼Chernabog在“夜禿山”的1940年的部分幻想曲。



4 屠龍(1981)
這個悲觀的中世紀冒險的中心生物具有毫無疑問的任何一部電影的龍最好的名子- “Vermithrax貶義” -並得到一個很好的積累。該企業提出的在不祥的洞穴燃燒的湖泊和飼料穩步飲食選擇一個作弊的彩票被腐敗的地方君主犧牲處女。一個命運多舛的鄉村牧師(伊恩·麥克迪爾米德,帕爾帕丁皇帝本人)指責是直線上升撒旦Vermithrax和被活活燒死他的麻煩。這是一個恥辱周圍的怪物並沒有抱在一起更好的用心良苦電影。這顯然靈感來自星球大戰,但是,作為一個魔法師的學徒勇敢,彼得MacNicol證明這樣乳臭未乾,他讓馬克·哈米爾看起來像哈里森·福特。不過,電影講述了一些令人震驚的暴力事件為PG迪斯尼電影,以及無可否認很酷的設計,包括一個40英尺的液壓龍,傳達Vermithrax如舊,臟,可惡。

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雷-哈里豪森花了幾十年的電影的停止動畫怪獸的主謀,包 ​​括恐龍,如巨龍般的創作為一體的七為首的九頭蛇賈森和阿爾戈英雄。你不能要求一個更經典的大上龍比綠色,脊獸第七辛巴達航海的,它提供了一個噴火障礙的英雄,從事戰鬥王室與一個巨大的獨眼巨人,在電影的最後時刻,只能停了一個龐大的弩。哈里豪森的充滿活力的龐然大物比最近幾年的CGI小龍幾乎任何更多的個性。

文化具有悠久的傳統,可愛的怪物,從“泡泡袖,魔術龍”,以皮特的龍以小童節目“龍的傳說。” 如何訓練你的龍設法擁有的生物都可愛和可怕的。可以說,從夢工廠動畫中,克瑞西達考威爾的這一系列寬鬆適應生產的迄今為止最好的電影講述富有想像力的設計,有趣的動物,似乎仍然毫無疑問的危險,像Gronkle,一個胖乎乎的,廣口的野獸徘徊像大黃蜂。功能膜包括臃腫,利維坦大小的恐怖稱為紅死,但可能是球隊的最可怕的是創造“的Boneknapper”的同名續集短。這種大規模的掠奪者禮服本身對受害者的骨架,那麼愉快的夢,孩子們!



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