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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…
A sequel that gives you more of the first. Builds the world a bit, develops the characters but failed to wow me. Much like the first did.
more people that don't believe dragons are friendly.
Yep, I cried.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Yet to see the first one, this was solidly ok. The hero I guess learns that reconciliation is not always the answer, or something.
Where How to Train Your Dragon was a fantastic film that still stands as a cut above the rest, it never quite gripped me as much as I wanted it to. With How to Train Your Dragon 2 everything is bigger, better and far more intimate than I expected.
It's five years since we last saw Hiccup, Toothless and the Vikings of Berk, and in that time almost everyone on the island has come to accept, love and ride dragons. With this newfound acceptance of dragons, and of Hiccup himself, Hiccup finds himself fleeing the inevitable responsibility of Chief by exploring the world. In doing so he encounters dragon trappers (who belong to the madman Drago) and a lone figure…
Hiccup and pals discover a mysterious Dragon Rider as well as a new enemy who can take the villages' dragons.
Not a bad sequel, with some of the same magic that worked in the first Dragon film.
Good: Formula, characters and setting still works to good effect. Fairly believable bad guy, good tension in battle.
Bad: The novelty of Vikings riding dragons is gone with second film, film also a bit predictable.
Rating: 7.7 / 10 (Good)
This is why you wait a couple days to compose your opinion of a film. My rating began higher than I would like to rate it right now, even if just half a star more.
3 stars is all this deserves to me, even if I want to give it more. The art style is beautiful, the animation is gorgeous... every technical aspect is brilliantly done, its narrative qualities just leave a lot to be desired. While it is adventrous and fun, it lacks a vital element: sense. So many wrong decisions were made that is just gets tough to believe jn what's happening.
While I enjoyed this more than the first film, it just simply isn't as solid.
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