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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.
Given all the introductory montages and character development in the first film, the sequel takes logical leaps forward and retains all the wonderful charm of its predecessor. The feelgood relationship between Hiccup and Toothless becomes deservedly mature. The artwork and animation is breathtaking still. We get some really amazing aerial shots, some gorgeous new dragons, and a strict focus on action and plot advancement. The story isn't particularly crafty or unpredictable, but that doesn't mean it wasn't an enjoyable ride. My only strife with the film was that the villain really could've used a better motive/back story. But beyond that, literally every character relationship improves for the better, and the CGI is certainly some of DreamWorks' best.
But hey, this is certainly a very confident sequel, showcasing further potential for this franchise. I'm curious to see where Hiccup and Toothless will journey next. All in all, a comfortably expected second entry from DreamWorks.
omg hiccup's a hottie. er, um. yeah this movie owns. who expected lord of the rings tier battle scenes and legitimately emotional family dynamics from dreamworks?
A decidedly superior film to the first one, not only story-wise, but in the general look and animation. This movie was particularly good for its character moments.
Animated fantasy movie. It's another very touching tale about two outsiders banding together, but now they have changed the status quo of their village. The character design is really good, all the dragons look cool and unique and the scale of the fights is amazing. There is also a real streak of darkness running throughout which I found really intriguing for what is basically a kids movie.
How to Train Your Dragon is one of the few non-Pixar animated films that I think is absolutely fantastic. The characters were complex, the plot had significant consequences, and the animation was as great as anything else out there. A sequel, four years removed from the original, finally arrived in theaters this summer. The good news is that this sequel does not throw away any of the excellent qualities that made the first film so great. How to Train Your Dragon 2 expands upon the universe, adds even greater depth to already memorable characters, and presents it all through some of the best looking animation this year.
The story picks up about five years after the events of the original…
Una de las mejores secuelas que yo he visto, no cae en el cliche de otras secuelas que sus tramas son rebuscadas.
How To Train Your Dragon features the voices of
This Is The End's Jay Baruchel, Lord Of The Rings' Cate Blanchett, 300's Gerard Butler, Late Night's Craig Ferguson, Sisterhood Of A Traveling Pants' America Ferrara, 21 Jump Street's Jonah Hill, Kick-Ass' Christopher Mintze Plasse, Games Of Thrones' Kit Harington, Guardians Of The Galaxy's Djimon Hounson, SNL's Kristen Wiig & Silcion Valley's T.J. Miller.
saw the film also when it came out.
i thought it was even better then the first one.
Hiccup is such a great character, Jay Baruchel was good at voicing the role again.
Toothless was funny and cute as hell.
hope they make this the next Shrek, it could be a great huge franchise.
Cate Blanchett also gave a good performance, even as a voice work lol.
La primera no me pareció gran cosa, pero al lado de esta es una obra maestra.
La mayor parte de la película es una demo técnica, como si el director dijese «eh, mirad qué bien animados están los dragones, miradlos, joder»... pero es que cuando llega la trama uno echa de menos las escenas de vuelo sin más.
Si bien la primera tenía su trama y su mensaje, esta no tiene nada. Que sí, que hay una banda rival de malvados jinetes de dragones. Que sí, que X personaje del pasado vuelve. Que sí, que conflictito de mierda, pero en realidad no cuentan NADA.
Una pérdida de tiempo.
Yeah, disregard my original review. "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is absolutely incredible.
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