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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…
So I watched this film having not seen the first one but knew enough and the storyline was simple enough so that I wasn't lost. I would have gone with an animated sequel to a film that I've already seen but the problem is I've seen all the animated sequels to animated movies that I'm interested in watching the sequels of! So I took a plunge with How to Train Your Dragon 2 and wow this was actually a really good film, and is probably among my favourite animated movies.
Here we follow the Viking Hiccup and his dragon Toothless five years after the events…
Now this is more like it!
With FAR MORE likable characters, a unique and fresh plot, improved music and a more mature tone, this sequel soars higher than its predecessor ever did.
(However, it's still far from being DreamWorks' Best.)
A daring sequel for Dreamworks considering how dark it is compared to other mainstream animated films. However I think it relied a bit too heavily on well known tropes, and thus I couldn't completely get invested in the story . But for the most part it's more of the same, which means it's worth a watch if you enjoyed the first one.
I do think the first film has a better main character arc though, even if the story is familiar and it starts a bit rough, but there is enough fresh ideas here to make it a worthwhile sequel. The characters are still enjoyable, and the main relationship feels more natural than the first film which piqued my interest…
June Scavenger Hunt
Task # 12: An animated sequel
Honestly, I feel this movie is so underrated. The animation is so perfectly executed and the story is so emotional and beautifully done.
HTTYD2 > Frozen
Film 12: Scavenger Hunt 15 - June 2016
Task #12 - An animated sequel
‘Protect our people - it’s your destiny’ (Stoick the Vast to Hiccup)
In this sequel, my favourite boy and dragon team are growing up and are increasingly drawn between duty and matters of the heart.Does Hiccup give up his need to explore and find out more about the world around him in order to stay at home and become chief like his father wants? Hiccup finally finds out where he gets his natural way with dragons from and is further torn about his future, as well as having his life change for good in a number of ways.
The days of having fun seem to be…
Film #10 of Scavenger Hunt 15.
Task # 12: An animated sequel
This one is a huge step up from the previous film. The first one is probably the most overrated animated film of recent years being pretty much all set up with not a very satisfying pay off. This time around though, all the set up has been done, so we can get right into the good stuff. And it does - it has the emotional punch that the first one desperately needed but sorely lacked. Unfortunately though, the story and characters are still rather generic and it relies on a couple of deus ex machinas in order to make the final lap in the third act.…
Pretty much the perfect animated movie, and perfect sequel. All of the characters are taken to the next level that we expect and levels that we didn't expect. It's superb storytelling. I LOVE he music in both of these films, it's very fitting to the time period it is set in and it's just beautiful to listen to. This is one for the time capsule.
no one will ever love u as much as toothless loves hiccup and u had BETTER ACCEPT THAT NOW also hiccup/astrid otp........... honestly................... honestly
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