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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…
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…
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Mostly of the The details of the art work; from the jug of water overflowing the liquid on the brown skin of this canteen , or not only just that but like when green mountains of ice explode in battle between dragons and humans, multiple pieces explore and flood the battlefield in the snow throughout the projection of a battle next to a epic level, is to give these remarkable examples of how the scenery is assembled and matured with time, and not only that but also the skin and people mature; and also Stoic, The Vast thick beards with white…
Managing to be both bigger and better than the first film, How to Train Your Dragon 2 delivers tenfold on stunningly beautiful animation, fun action sequences, solid character development, witty humor, and great voice acting.
Just as Pixar kept a good eye on the Toy Story franchise, Dreamworks, amidst all their internal issues, managed to maintain all that was good about the How To Train Your Dragon franchise with this 2nd offering.
All the main characters are there, but it is the surprise addition that really hold the middle of the film together and grounds this tale in some pretty serious adult messages – not that there isn’t enough eye candy and funny little set pieces to keep the kids interested.
One might just say that the film borrowed visuals from Harry Potter, with the madcap take on Quiddich – with dragon riders and the use of the towns’ sheep as balls; or the dragon…
The squel to the 2010 film it just as fantastic, that's all I'll say
It’s been four long years since we were introduced to Hiccup, the young Viking boy who bucked the trend of his blood thirsty village and befriended the mysterious Night Fury dragon he named Toothless. Together the pair, and the film, became an instant classic, with How To Train Your Dragon, in my mind, joining the ranks of modern animated masterpieces such Wall-E and Up. Thankfully, rather than churning out a sequel within the year, Dreamworks have given How To Train Your Dragon 2 the care and attention it deserves and now the time has come to see if the much anticipated follow up can match the quality of its predecessor.
In many ways, particularly in terms of technical elements, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is as good as its predecessor. Once again, the film is beautifully animated, and this time around actually surpasses the first film in the amount of detail in the animation. DreamWorks utilizes brand new animation technology for this sequel, and it certainly shows: every strand of hair on each character and even the smallest scales on each dragon are so clear and detailed. The cinematography (in which Roger Deakins was a visual consultant) once again captures all of the adventure, especially the aerial scenes beautifully, and John Powell's score is once again absolutely mesmerizing.
The one place where it just can't live up to its…
for a series so pure and adorable this sure did f*ck me up
"You’re as beautiful as The day I lost you".
Now, this is what I'm talking about. It improves upon its predecessor in every way. The characters feel more alive, they feel more developed, the dragons are bigger, and the world feels bigger.
The film is more dynamic, darker, and, more dramatic. Its a huge step forward. Let's go, How To Train Your Dragon 3.
This film is beautiful.
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