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How to Train Your Dragon 2
The training is over.
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret 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.
The original How to Train Your Dragon was Dreamworks only truly great animated film meaning any sequel would be approached with equal parts excitement and trepidation. First time around I was utterly captivated by the relationship between a gawky viking boy and his adorable dragon companion but how could a second film possibly replicate the same intimate relationship and sparkling chemistry? Wisely it doesn’t. Although the friendship between Hiccup and Toothless remains a crucial element, the film is bigger, bolder and darker as it expands upon the viking-dragon universe.
Dean DeBlois - taking over sole directing duties for the first time - follows the Empire Strikes Back template for movie sequels. This is still very much the same world and…
I loved part 1, was absolutely bowled over by part 2. And that just doesn't happen very often.
Beautifully expanding on the foundation lain in the first film, part 2 is an adventure that has the guts to take on a darker tone when the story requires it, without ever compromising on its rollercoaster ride nature. It's fun, funny, epic and gripping, not something many feature films can pull off.
The animation is, once again, outstanding. Crisp, vibrant and creative, the character and dragon design will make you wish you had an extra set of eyes just to take in every single detail. What I found very impressive was the way director DeBlois managed to keep the often frenetic action…
I entered the cinema today to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 with seemingly impossible expectations, holding the first installment in my heart as one of the finest achievements in animation, and anything less than the same level of storytelling, emotional resonance and fun would have been a disappointment. In fact, its fair to say I expected an even better film than the first because as Hiccup and Toothless get older, I wanted the films to mature along with them, much like the progression of the Harry Potter series.
Typically when I sit down in a theater expecting this level of greatness, I inevitably exit feeling a tad disappointed because what I envisioned in my mind isn't fully realized…
In the summer of 2010, DreamWorks Animation released their finest feature in the form of How To Train Your Dragon which surprised everyone with its remarkable balance between story & animation elements and remains a rollicking adventure for all ages. Surfacing 4 years later amidst enormous hype is How To Train Your Dragon 2 and how does it fare in comparison to its predecessor? Let's find out.
Set 5 years after the events of the previous film, How To Train Your Dragon 2 continues the expedition of Hiccup & his pet dragon, Toothless, as they embark on a new journey to discover & map unexplored lands & territories. But when they come across a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new…
"And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger."
Sequels are tricky. They involve a careful balance of using material developed in previous installments to explore new areas rather than doing the same thing over again. This delicate situation is difficult enough from a writing standpoint as it is, and is further exacerbated by the fact that the producers financing the picture probably just wants more of the same. It's no mystery that Hollywood has had a hard time with this in recent years, with films like 22 Jump Street and Muppets Most Wanted satirizing studios' lack of creative energy this year alone. But despite being a big budget summer sequel, How to…
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Mostly of the The details of the art work; from the jug of water overflowing the liquid on the brown skin of this canteen , or not only just that but like when green mountains of ice explode in battle between dragons and humans, multiple pieces explore and flood the battlefield in the snow throughout the projection of a battle next to a epic level, is to give these remarkable examples of how the scenery is assembled and matured with time, and not only that but also the skin and people mature; and also Stoic, The Vast thick beards with white…
I really adored this movie! It had great action, beautiful animation, lovable characters, and a great story! It is one of those movies that starts off kind of slow, but progressively gets better as it goes on. Also, there is some surprisingly great character development in the movie as well. How To Train Your Dragon 2 is another great Dreamworks movie and is in my opinion, better than the first movie and it was a total joy from start to finish!
So much of the dialogue was distracting because of how bad it was. The story was not as solid as the first due the introduction and subsequent handling of new characters.
Still love those dragon designs.
Still ball at being separated from parents.
The dragons are the best thing about this movie <3
Nominated - Best Animated Feature Film
Another heart-warming film to watch when you need a pick-me-up. The first movie was still way better, though.
Similar the first installment, decent but in my opinion, not spectacular...
It isn't as consistent in pace as the first one, which is one of animation's great classics, but How To Train Your Dragon 2 took several twists and difficult choices considering its core audience and delivered an entertaining entry in this marvellous universe of viking dragon riders. The *new secondary protagonist* had an awkward introduction and her story not fleshed out to the extent that it should have been.
It's fitting that the Letterboxd symbol for "Liking" a film is a little heart, because the only real difference between this analogous sequel and it's predecessor was in fact a little more heart.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the follow-up to the surprisingly impeccable How to Train Your Dragon which introduces us to our hero Hiccup and his dragon Toothless and took us on a mythical invention into a world with vikings and dragons. Although, for me, this film did not live up to the quality of the first, it is still a hugely delightful film. Set several years after the first we see the growing friendship between Hiccup and Toothless and how Hiccup has grown from a seemingly young boy in the first to a young man in the second. I think this growth of character is what highlights the greatness of this film. With respect to Hiccup, Toothless, Stoic,…
For the last three years, I've kept a log of the films I showed my kids as they were introduced…
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