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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…
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…
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Got to see this in my cinemas new DBOX seats at a staff screening testing them out. It helps to be on first name terms with the staff.
Loved it more than I did a year ago although the pacing in the second arc is still off, the mum reveal in trailer still nags me, the climactic battle has the stakes but It isn't as epic as the sequence prior. It was a great experience in DBOX with the swaying as the dragons flew around!
Crafting a sequel to the delightful How to Train Your Dragon was always going to be a dodgy affair. Simply trying to replicate the charm and technical skill of the original wouldn't really be enough to create a satisfying continuation of the story. Fortunately, however, Dreamworks manages to create a different film within the same universe, keeping the original film's charm in tact (more or less) as we expand on the world of Vikings and Dragons.
Wisely Dean DeBlois (who is flying solo in the director's chair this time around) has created a film that doesn't try to merely be a carbon copy of the original. Sure, the friendship between the noble hero Hiccup and his dragon Toothless forms the…
Not quite as good as the first and a dreadfully slow first act... But the film picks up and gets into much more interesting territory. Although the villain (should be noted the only dark skinned character in the film) is the biggest missed opportunity as they never get into how he formed his bond with his dragon as a dark reflection of Hiccup's relationship with his own. The film still finds the emotional beats the first did and doesn't shy from darkness. I would like to see the franchise get a third film to wrap up its story... And to get Toothless a wife!
Still didn't learn how to train my dragon.
"How To Train Your Dragon 2" is a sequel with gravitas. There is a weight to the characters and their situations that builds off the first film almost perfectly. Director Dean DeBlois and his writers recognize what makes a franchise special, by raising the stakes and injecting new life into not just the original characters, but into the specially branded new characters as well. Returning with the rest of the original voice cast, Jay Baruchel picks up where he left off with Hiccup, now in his twenties and venturing into the great unknown with his dragon companion, the one and only Toothless. Avoiding the responsibility of becoming the chief of the island of Berk, he sets out to create a…
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This time it had an important message. now matter how strong the other evil side. it cannot defeat good. Great power displayed by Dragon at the end.
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