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How to Train Your Dragon 2
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…
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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…
The original How to Train Your Dragon was a film that really surprised me, and it was one I ended up buying on dvd, so, I was looking forward to watch, this one, the second, and, even though it did not let me down, I have preferred the first by a comfortable distance. That happened because at its time, it was a completely different concept and the way they developed the story in such an original way (comparing to basically all films from Dreamworks) astonished me, and, in my opinion, the way they treated the story in the second was not so innovative or captivating.
While in the first we could see a very different storytelling, settled in a solid…
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…
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.
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The original How to Train Your Dragon remains one of my favorite animations, Pixar or otherwise. Its questionable name aside, the franchise represents Dreamworks's first real competition to Disney in terms of quality. It has already made significant inroads financially, with franchises like Ice Age and Shrek, but none of those held a candle to Disney's more soulful Pixar films.
Finally, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has arrived and while it didn't wow me as much as the first, it's still a solid entry and easily rivals some of Pixar's lesser entries. It easily surpasses its Dreamworks peers and affirms the Dragon series as the best animated competition Disney has ever seen. Still, I hate the name. At least…
Supremely entertaining even for those like myself who haven't seen the first film (merp), How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a film of stunning visuals and wonderful storytelling that is sure to whisk anyone away on a thrill ride.
I feel torn on this. There are parts of How to Train Your Dragon 2 that are really great, and then there are parts where I was drifting off, bored. It is at its best when it stays personal and character based, but it often gets caught up in offering large scale CG dragon battles that pull you out of the story. When it's good, it's great, though, so I have to give credit where it is due. It isn't as good as the first film by any stretch, but it's a more than worthy addition to the franchise.
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Blocky, wooden, linear, and a bit forced, but still a solid one for the kids. I enjoyed watching this and it was mostly problem-free, but it wasn't amazing.
Great emotional scene at the two-thirds mark.
The double entendres though.
"I didn't marry her for her cooking."
The first How to Train Your Dragon movie was a hidden surprise for me. I didn't actually get around to watching it until I heard that a sequel was being produced, but when I did watch it, I found it to be surprisingly enjoyable. It was funny, moving and actually had some decent surprise twists for an animated children's film. So needless to say, I was very much looking forward to this movie.
Thankfully, it didn't disappoint. This sequel was still funny, still moving and still had some surprise twists that I didn't see coming considering this is an animated children's film. However, I didn't quite think that this movie was as good as the original. The comedy was still…
Beautifully crazy monsters and costumes full of imagination. The characters were quietly funny but the film still fell into the necessary endings of animations consisting of cheesy voiceovers. I forgave it this because the originally parts were just so amazing. The 3D was also surprisingly lovely. I was quite irritated by the fact that the only black character was portrayed as the villain.
Definitely not as good as the first one, but it still made me cry, which has to count for something.
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