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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…
HTTYD2 boasts soaring visuals & thrilling setpieces, but its frantic plot & underdeveloped characters don't hold up their end of the bargain.
How to Train your Dragon 2: Avatar + Clash of the Titans with a dash of Kramer vs. Kramer and a grotesquely racialized villain. I wasn't too impressed.
Good... not great.
This successful sequel is a gorgeously animated action-adventure about a Viking village and their fierce, lovable dragons. Both the dragon and human characters are individually interesting and the world they inhabit is imaginatively rendered. The plot is action-oriented and fairly exciting but there are strong themes and moments of humor and gravitas too.
A brilliant sequel that avoids repetition by moving the scene forward five years to a time when Hiccup and Toothless are older and dragons have been welcomed into Viking society. In the first film, their mutual love and friendship taught a lesson of tolerance and acceptance, and here that story is naturally extended, exploring the themes of family, loyalty, bravery and sacrifice. For the most part it succeeds admirably well... there is excellent character development (with the notable exception of the villain, who appears late and never seems to develop much depth) and quite a few scenes carry considerable emotional weight. Technical quality is excellent... the animation is detailed and fluid, scenery is breathtaking and the dragons are loaded with…
Great sequel to and alright great movie! Very funny with a great plot and some crazy plot twists, and was overall a great comedic drama.
What I wished/thought 'Big Hero 6' was going to be.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Pros: The dragon rider entrance, the next evolution of the story, continued growth for Hiccup and Toothless, the final battle, the alpha, mapping the world
Cons: Lighter that the first, plot convoluted or too convenient at times, payoffs not as strong, family reunion cut short, danger is not ramped up enough
This was a fun ride, just as was the first iteration of this story. Love the mythology that plays into this and how this story is continuing to evolve. Did not see that dragon rider entrance coming at all, and it made the film for me. Most of the rest of the story was pretty easy to pinpoint, but it did enough to keep me in the positive.
I laughed a few times and that's more than I can say for most films. I'm sure with context I'd care more about the characters
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