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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…
now, this is my favorite animation movie. i've always loved dragons, that explains everything.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
i....didnt care at all when stoick died?? like...at all. which was weird. not a fan of the villain either...he was the only darker skinned character with dreads hmmm. nose ratios still bothered me which was the little thing that kept me from watching the movie in first place LMAO (silly but it really did)
that being said, stoick and valka's song was the best part of the movie, and there were very cute little acting movements from the dragons. nice attention to detail...
I want me a Toothless.
I cant remember the last time I watched a "kids film" and kicked myself for not seeing it in the theatre. HTTYD2 is one such example. There are one or two grand action sequences that would have been great to watch on the big screen.
But even aside from that, this franchise is fast becoming one of my favourite animated series ever. It has great animation, a ton of humour, a superb vocal cast and isn't afraid to go to some dark places. Plus Toothless is one darn cute dragon.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ahem, that being said. Let’s talk about ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’
The story picks up 5 years after the events of the first film, and the citizens of Berk continue to live in harmony with dragons. Our hero, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) continues to train his dragon, and most loyal friend, Toothless, while also attempting to create a world map. His world is turned upside down upon finding his long lost mother (Cate Blanchett) to be an incredible dragon trainer/protector, and becoming involved in a war started by a man amassing an army of dragons (Djimon Hounsou).
Not that I didn’t enjoy the film, but it does suffer from one major problem.…
Following the success of the first one, this one amps the stakes up with even more action, drama and even tragedy. Perhaps loses a little of its charm in the process.
The first How to Train Your Dragon film, released in 2010, was a damn-near perfect gem of a movie that seemed to have come out of nowhere. Helmed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (who previously directed Lilo & Stitch together), the original Dragons was surprisingly deep and beautifully animated. The story was simple enough that just about everyone could enjoy and relate to it, couple that with a richly detailed world, one of the best uses of 3D ever, and some great voice acting… and you have one of the best animated movies in a long time. The film was also completely self-contained, so now that we (finally) have a sequel how does it justify its existence? Simple: by growing.…
Film 4 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge.
I liked it a little bit more than the first.
It had a surprisingly emotional grab and the visuals are goddamn amazing.
Just for kicks. Why not.
Second time round appreciating the score a whole lot more <3
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