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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 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…
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…
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…
FIRE & BLOOD
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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…
What's It About?: Hiccup discovers a secret dragon paradise with a ton of dragons... and that his mom is a hippie. A Viking hippie.
Who's In It?: The voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Djimon Hounsou, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jon Snow.
The Good: Toothless. Can't get enough of Toothless. The jaw-dropping visuals. Lots and lots of dragons. Bigger dragons. Bigger action. Toothless upgrade. Good, clean, family fun.
The Bad: The story sticks out as the weak link here. It's less cohesive and emotionally-involving compared to the 2010 movie. There are some interesting plot points here and there, but as whole, it just doesn't flow as smoothly as the original.
Just like almost everyone else, i am also going to start by praising the first How to Train Your Dragon (2010). The relationship between Hiccup and Toothless was developed so beautifully, that it had the power to mingle with your emotions deeply, with a great sense of excitement filling every inch of your body. I still remember the very first flight of Toothless & Hiccup with tailor made rear wing, and the mesmerizing feeling I experienced with it. And just to remind me of that, i downloaded and watched the first part all over again, before moving to the sequel. And Deep down, i am extremely happy that they made a Sequel because no matter how absurd, i'd still want to…
Score: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars (Grade Equivalent for Me: A-)
My full review on WeLiveFilm: welivefilm.com/train-dragon-2-review-daniel-rester/
Quando a continuação supera o original.
Gorgeous visuals like the first time, and maybe even more so.
But in just about every other way this falls short. Not nearly as much agency—there's less relative novelty and reason for existence and humor and thrill as its predecessor, but the agency of the actions just feel wholly fluffy and make the film a drag before long. I think the most WTF showing of this is in how the reactions to the chief's death feel very perfunctory and shrugged off. Eh? Really confused and conflicting tones doesn't even begin to cut it. Consequently, this might have the most non-intimidating villain ever.
I really didn't like the introduction of Hiccup's mother -- it made Hiccup's revelation about dragons from the first film feel cheaper. Also, the story felt kind of weak and like things were happening for no reason.
This film was okay, but still a disappointment for me. Not sure what all the hype was about.
Okay, as it is trivial and not entirely relevant to the quality of the film (though it kind of is in a way), I'll get this out of the way first: am I the only one that HATED Astrid in this movie? She is entirely different from what we've come to know her as. Her cheesiness level has gone entirely through the roof, and she's just... nothing at all like she was before. She looks different (I absolutely hated the animators when the first scene with her NOT riding a dragon came up because I could actually see her), she sounds different (though that's not really much to blame, as…
It's not often that I find sequels to be better than their predecessors, but Train Your Dragon 2 is the exception to the rule. While I loved the first, this addition to the franchise seemed more adult, more captivating and more fun.
The first scene with Hiccup and Toothless is perfect, absolutely perfect.
A string of clichés and terrible writing keeps this special effects benchmark from being entertaining or memorable.
Edit: It's so heavy-handed that I'm getting bruises.
Edit: Adding half a star for gay Viking.
Edit: Taking off that half star due to funeral scene leading directly into goofy riding baby dragons scene. Good thing I'm not emotionally invested in this film or I'd have near fatal whiplash.
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