Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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…
This film just didn't do it for me, don't know why
My opinion of HTTYD2 is unchanged from my first viewing. It has some great, busy action scenes and artwork, some occasionally clunky storytelling where its themes are too naked (a common Dreamworks weakness) and a new level of world-building that trumps the first film in my opinion.
The second chapter if the How To Train Your Dragon series soars to new heights with a bold new adventure that takes everything that was special and exciting about it's predecessor and cranks it up a couple of notches.
This is how a wonderful example of how a sequel should be done.
i honestly loved this and the first one and i'm ashamed it took me this long to watch the series
Dreamworks is no stranger to quality animation, and the first film looked good, but this one has drop dead gorgeous visuals. Absolutely jaw dropping.
I love the character designs and developments, the dragons are better than ever, and most importantly; this movie builds on what the first part established, and even perfects it—something a good sequel should do.
honestly, equally as amazing as the first. i was worried with the tv show being so good that the movie wouldn't seem fresh to me but it went so above and beyond all expectations.
The first installment of How to Train Your Dragon was successful because it captured the joy of 'man's best friend'. By making Toothless's personality indistinguishable from a dog, I was reduced to 'awww' at multiple points.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 wisely retreads on that same formula, but it is a retread nonetheless. And, unlike #1, the protagonist in #2 can no longer be a goofy novice, learning and in wonderment. Now that we have already been introduced to dragons, the wonder is supposed to come from exploration of new lands and the introduction of even more powerful dragons. Unfortunately, neither element worked for me.
Like #1 though, the dialogue is basic and overly expository. I found myself watching…
An brilliant animated film that improves on everything that made the first one so great. Dreamworks manages to give disney a run for their money (Even though in the end, Disney won the oscar)
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- Stranger by the Lake
- The Lego Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
Now complete: The Dissolve's 2014 Movies To See Checklist
- Django Unchained
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- The Dark Knight
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
I work at a movie theater and patrons mess up movie titles all the time. Here are some of the…