Review: “How To Train Your Dragon 2″ is even better than the first!

June 19th, 2014 at 11:49 pm by under Entertainment
"How To Train Your Dragon 2" poster courtesy DreamWorks Animation

“How To Train Your Dragon 2″ poster courtesy DreamWorks Animation

“How To Train Your Dragon 2” (2014)
Rated: PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Genre: Animation/Action/Adventure

My spoiler-free review:

The story about a boy and his companion (a dragon) has grown up into something bigger and better – the story about a young man and his best friend (the dragon) and their quest to learn more about themselves.  Not only does the animation look amazing, the high quality 3D, the story, and the characters make “How To Train Your Dragon” worth every dollar you spend… I give it 9.0 out of 10!  It is one of the best movies of 2014 so far!

Warning for little kids: the movie is rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor, but take note that there are some scary images and sadness that may be too much for the younger audiences

Five years after “How To Train Your Dragon” (2010), the adorable dragons have moved into Berk… and the main cast has named their dragons.  Everyone has their own dragon including our main character ‘Hiccup’ (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon ‘Toothless” and his friend ‘Astrid’ (America Ferrera) and her dragon “Stormfly”.  We soon learn that the the Vikings world gets much bigger since starting to ride the dragons.   Toothless and Hiccup’s play and their chemistry is  like a boy and his pet.

It doesn’t take long for the filmmakers to establish that this is much more than a mere continuing of the 2010 story with the dragons becoming companions and part of the Viking community.  No this is about ‘Hiccup’ searching for his identity… then learning  (possible spoiler) that they are not the only dragonriders.  His father ‘Stoick’ (Gerard Butler) is adamant about dealing with the newly discovered people, because he has a history with their leader.  But a mystery dragonrider has a whole new lush, colorful world with a bunch of dragons that have become close during the last 20 years.  Not only does the animation look great, but the details inside that animation look great.  ’Hiccup’ has a variety of gadgets instead of the weapons his people used to make including a sword with gas/flame combo (fire sword).  The filmmakers set a clear difference between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” that is easy enough for kids to understand but also interesting enough for adults.

Better 3-D: “How To Train Your Dragon 2″ has 3-D that is not dark and muddy, it’s clear, has depth, and immerses the viewer… the story has lots of heartwarming moments… it is better than first, this up to expectations and advances the story.  But it does leave room for a sequel (which is planned for 2016)… “How To Train Your Dragon” is a great movie that has turned into a great franchise!

MORE INFO (possible spoilers):

“How To Train Your Dragon 2” 

Cast: Jay Baruchel (voice), Cate Blanchett (voice), Gerard Butler (voice), Craig Ferguson (voice), America Ferrera (voice), Jonah Hill (voice), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (voice), T.J. Miller (voice), Kristen Wiig (voice), Djimon Hounsou (voice), Kit Harington (voice)

Director: Dean DeBlois ["How to Train Your Dragon" (2010), "Lilo & Stitch" (2002)]

Writer(s): Dean DeBlois (based on Cressida Cowell’s “How to Train Your Dragon” book series)

The Plot: When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

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