Clip Joint: Fireworks

18 Dec

Bonfire Night may have been and gone but that doesn’t mean fireworks are forgotten for another year. Films provide a broad canvas for plenty of pyrocentric antics, and here are some films with memorable scenes where the sparks fly.

1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Smaug may not be in the Lord of the Rings trilogy but the quaint town of Hobbiton experiences a dragon of their own on the night of Bilbo Baggins 111th birthday, which opens the first film in the trilogy with a dragon-shaped bang.

2. Toy Story

In Toy Story’s action-packed ending, a firework takes centre stage, as Woody and Buzz Lightyear use a huge combustible to catch up with their owner Andy; they fly, and fall, in style. Without said firework, they would never have caught up with Andy and Toy Story 2 and 3 may have never been made. The horror.

3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

More wizard magic, another firework dragon; fireworks play the role of the disruptor in the fifth Harry Potter film when the Weasley twins unleash a fiery display in the main hall right in the middle of an exam. The despotic headmistress Dolores Umbridge gets a good scare too – this is definitely one of the Weasleys’ better pranks.

4. Mulan

As well as using rockets to defeat an army with an avalanche, Mulan and her guardian dragon (there seems to be some kind of link between dragons and fireworks) Mushu manage to defeat the evil Hun Shan-Yu with a well-aimed firework, which then sets off a spectacular display to celebrate China’s victory. The Chinese did invent fireworks and Mulan teaches us what happens when you disobey the instructions and aim fireworks at other people.

5. Jackass: The Movie

Sometimes an alarm clock just doesn’t cut it, according to the Jackass crew; setting of fireworks in the bedroom, on the other hand, is guaranteed to wake up everyone in the house.

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