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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 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…
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…
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…
FIRE & BLOOD
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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…
What's It About?: Hiccup discovers a secret dragon paradise with a ton of dragons... and that his mom is a hippie. A Viking hippie.
Who's In It?: The voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Djimon Hounsou, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jon Snow.
The Good: Toothless. Can't get enough of Toothless. The jaw-dropping visuals. Lots and lots of dragons. Bigger dragons. Bigger action. Toothless upgrade. Good, clean, family fun.
The Bad: The story sticks out as the weak link here. It's less cohesive and emotionally-involving compared to the 2010 movie. There are some interesting plot points here and there, but as whole, it just doesn't flow as smoothly as the original.
Good sequel, can't say I enjoyed as much as the first one but it was still fun
IT DIDN'T SUCK!!! YESSSS!!!!
It's not even funny how scared I was that this would suck. Cars 2 hurt me, Anchorman 2 burnt me, and I was not prepared for another sequel to damage my love for the original film. It's not even funny how many times I've watched How To Train Your Dragon, and the last thing I wanted was for a sequel to come along and damage what made it so good in the first place. Thankfully, everything that the original made so good was somehow improved on for the sequel to make a film that's just such a joy to watch and is equally as brilliant. This is a seriously huge relief for me!
Once again HTTYD2…
Fantastic, as good as the first one
To be honest, I forgot 90% of the first movie before watching this. Solid movie, but still feels like something's missing. I've never been much a fan of the dragon designs. I was a little surprised at a plot point that happens late in the film, it's nice to be surprised a little in where you think a movie is willing to go.
Very cute sequel. Made me want to get a dragon. :)
The rare sequel that can stand right next to its great predecessor. If How to Train Your Dragon was the origin story of Hiccup, Toothless, and crew, this is the logical next step in their story. A bigger threat, some genuinely difficult emotional challenges, and the progression into a larger world, everything is bigger and more meaningful in this installment. And on top of that, it still maintains the wonderful heart and messages, and adds some new ones, that helped make the first film such a treat. The voice acting is all spot on, the creature design is brilliant, and the animation itself is absolutely stunning. This franchise really continues to separates itself from the cgi animated pack and push up with some of the best stuff Pixar has done.
Not gonna lie, loved it. I am not the target audience but the heavy handed message of "positivity trumps negativity" is great by me. Oh, and Toothless really is an adorable badass.
Really fun again. Its nailing the point of the film every time. it has such a clear identity. It reminds me of Toy Story with the heart felt feeling and its laugh out loud moments. Its set in its own world so well that its funny to see how that world works. I was worried that taking us out of that small village world would ruin some of the magic, but it didn't. I actually enjoyed the plot more than the first. Think less tension from parents and a villain meant it was more fun throughout. Im suppressed this isn't as big all the time, you don't see the toys like the minions, yet everyone loves it. Understand why it was at Cann, Yes!
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