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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…
I respected this movie more than I enjoyed it. Tremendous animation, a solid story, and emotional vulnerability rare for a kids movie. It didn't grab me, per se, but I'm glad I got a chance to see it.
Ao contrário de seu antecessor, COMO TREINAR O SEU DRAGÃO 2 investe no desenvolvimento de seus personagens. Banguela, Soluço, Astrid e Stoick crescem muito aqui, e se no primeiro filme tínhamos uma relação desgastada entre pai e filho, neste os conflitos familiares envolvendo Valka - e por quê não também os novos dragões? - são muito mais profundos e interessantes. Tecnicamente o filme supera o primeiro (também pudera, depois de 4 anos!), e a temática envolvendo a exploração do mundo pelo povo viking aliada a direção mais precisa de Dean DeBlois - que aqui não conta com a ajuda de seu parceiro, Chris Sanders - nos envolve e diverte, criando tensão e situações dramáticas nas horas certas.
Underwhelming, fails to balance hero's journey fare with family drama, and humour falls flat too.
Dragons are terrific, and it's great to see sound designer Randy Thom getting a credit as one of the main cast for 'Voice of Toothless designed by...'!
why do children's movies keep making me cry?
Best animated movie of last year? Really was despite a great field.
These films are vastly overrated. They're not bad, but they are not in the same category as some of the best being made these days. Sure, they look nice, feature some cute dragons that everyone now wants as a pet, and the story is serviceable. But, it's just not that clever. So many of these animated films now have great writing, quick jokes, etc., but these just have...dragons. Oh well, at least it wasn't Frozen.
I found How to Train Your Dragon to be one excellent animated film that took me by surprise. On the surface, the plot structure was formulaic and done to death, but it managed to tell its story with many great characters, the dragons and the world had some fantastic designs, and best of all, it did not have that much dialogue in it. Most of the story and character development was told subtly through the physical interactions between humans and dragons, and it did have a huge effect of my enjoyment of it. While I didn't expect the sequel to be as good as the original, it is still a great film on its own, even though it does fall…
Thought I was watching the first one.....
Dreamworks sometimes does well with sequels (think Shrek 2) but this was a bit of a flop. There were too many moments in the movie that seemed like climaxes, which drew out the plot in a predictable way. Also too much monologuing.
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