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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…
Now that's how a sequel should be done! Not only did it maintain the hard earned integrity and creative awesomeness of the original film but it managed to not be a complete and utter repeat of what we already seen! It dared to take us on a whole new adventure! One I might add also took us out of our comfort zones! So parents of young children beware there is an "Old Yeller" moment!
As admirable as it is ambitious! And it did NOT disappoint!
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I remember thinking Dreamworks should continue the series after the first film. But a sequel carries high expectations, does HTTYD 2 hold up?
- Enjoyable/fun most of the time.
- Some of the new/updated character designs and environments were well done. Lots of attention to detail.
- Excellent animation and rendering. Probably the best I've seen from Dreamworks in these regards.
- Music and sound effects were usually pretty good.
- Voice cast was consistent with the first film with a few good additions.
- Nice to see some of the different dragon personalities/abilities explored.
- Minor: If I understand correctly, Hiccup's mom has never seen a Night Fury, and yet she somehow knows…
I watched this film with my daughter, its one of her favorites. I thinks both this one and the first in the series is done well. I like the fact that its not about another princess who gets married at 16 (although I like some of those too). I love how Toothless acts like a big cat.
Well, you can always look to my prior review for more of my thoughts on this stunning, beautiful, and epic sequel that maybe should have won Best Animated Feature over Big Hero 6 (though in all accounts, The LEGO Movie was seriously snubbed). But I'll briefly sum up the film as a whole. Beautifully animated. Mature growth in our characters that treat them as young adults. Insanely evil villain who clearly took to Ahnold for vocal lessons. Darker tone leading to truly shocking moments this side of Don Bluth. Superb musical decisions from John Powell. Still phenomenal flying sequences. Still not a fan of some of the typical DreamWorks jokes, but I have to admit that Gobber gets a couple…
Fantastic original sequel to the first!
Where can I get my own Night Fury?
Visually gorgeous with some neat ideas.
More Adventure, More Dragons.
The original How to Train Your Dragon really surprised me, it was very fun and had a lot of heart. The importance of family, friendship and acceptance being some of the core themes.
The sequel here although still very fun feels a bit more rushed and straightforward. The visuals are even more amazing this time around as all the characters get very cool grown up make overs. Then theres the dragons, so many dragons and so many different kinds. The movie starts out with a real sense of adventure and then sort of turns into a by the numbers real big bad guy vs good guys movie, settling more for the spectacle of the big fights…
The first How To Train Your Dragon movie was a very special and effective animated film that spoke to as many young adults as it did kids and with this sequel they build a rich world filled with just as much heart and emotion.
A welcome change to the new film is the five year time jump that the story does, allowing the audience to piece together the growth that might have happened while also seeing the visual difference on Hiccup and his friends. Facial hair is abundant.
The relationship between the dragons and their human counterparts are shown with humour and charm. Most scenes that are dialogue heavy usually have the dragons in the background doing something cute or…
Maybe impressive in the theater but not on the small screen
For some reason I did not actually enjoy the first Dragon movie. I had a real hard time watching it as I didn't really care about the story that much which to is much more crucial in animated films. But this one I did enjoy a lot more. I found the story much more intriguing and enjoyable to watch I cared more about the characters and what happened to them so while you do need to watch the first one to understand most of this story I still think this one's story is much better than its predecessor.
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