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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…
Now that is how you make a sequel. Not only are the characters now older and wiser than they once were, but the entire tone of the film has actually managed to mature beyond even that which was offered by first instalment. This is true to the sense of a sequel being “bigger“, in every regard (Bigger story, bigger scale, bigger revelations, bigger tragedy, even bigger dragons). But the writers have not neglected the characters as their most important elements, putting them ahead of spectacle with some heartfelt and enthralling focus on the smaller moments of their relationships, as well as the difficulties and strains on their relationships that slowly begin to form.
The film is by no means perfect…
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…
A surprise Tuesday night out with the little one? Sounds awesome. Take her to go see my favorite movie of the year thus far? Sounds even more awesome.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a joyous experience for me.
Hiccup: "And with Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger."
He damn sure wasn't kidding. How To Train Your Dragon 2 takes the story from the first film 4 years ago and naturally builds upon it in every way. There are now hundreds if not thousands of dragons on screen at once. They beautifully fill the skies, whether soaring through the clouds, having sheep-toss races through the town of Burke, or gliding throughout their newly discovered hideaway paradise. In motion, this really is a sight to behold, and as an added bonus makes great use of the 3D. We get beautiful new locations, new characters, new developments, and an overall better film than…
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…
Wow. This makes up for there being no Pixar movie this year.
I was pleasantly surprised by this.
There's an astonishing amount of character development, and it's staggering to see how much Hiccup has changed over the course of the series both physically and mentally.
The story compliments the first one and expands the world of the first one in a way that couldn't be done with one movie. The stakes are higher, new discoveries are made and characters make deep changes. It's everything a sequel should be.
Now there are some setbacks to this generally sucessful follow-up, most obviously the horribly forced and one dimensional villain. With the first film having the villain (Hiccup's father) have clear, understandable and even reasonable explainations for doing things, this film's villain (who's name I've…
OH. MY. GOD. as if Toothless couldn't get any more adorable after the first movie. I was so wrong _(：3>L)_
I want that kawai loyal cuddly black cat you can't find in reality.
Haven't enjoyed an animated film so much in a long time. I usually find them incredibly bland these days. I mean Epic and Wreck-It Ralph were perfectly enjoyable. But this, this thing had fucking dragons!
High expectations pretty much met for us all on a holiday cinema trip.
Where the first took you by surprize and left you breathless with sheer joy, the anticipation for this sequel unfortunately took things to a level of expectation that could not be surpassed.
That's not saying that HTTYD2 isn't a good movie- far from it.
As beautiful to look at as the first, and daring to age the main protagonists, something rarely done in animated main stream movies, we enter murkier waters here, with our once kids facing what it is to lead and have responsibility rather than fritter away their time.
Also we have a deeper bond develop between Hiccup and Toothless, and what it's like to break trust and a thick vein of love- their relationship as complex and…
Both emotionally stirring and visually exhilarating, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is one Dreamworks' absolute best efforts, with a stunning voice cast and beautiful score to match.
Not as good as the first one (although I don't remember it all too well, so it probably makes me a knobhead for saying so), but this one has beautiful animation and a much darker tone than its predecessor.
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