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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…
Now that's how a sequel should be done! Not only did it maintain the hard earned integrity and creative awesomeness of the original film but it managed to not be a complete and utter repeat of what we already seen! It dared to take us on a whole new adventure! One I might add also took us out of our comfort zones! So parents of young children beware there is an "Old Yeller" moment!
As admirable as it is ambitious! And it did NOT disappoint!
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…
I've watched a couple kids movies recently, this is the third now this week and in fact the only that I watched because there were kids around. As irony would have it, How to Train Your Dragon 2 soars above the somewhat dissapointing Big Hero 6 and even the surprisingly charming Monster House. Both of which I've watched with some friends of our own accord over the week.
Impressive in both storytelling and visuals, Dreamworks' sequel to an already good film proves that american animation isn't totally dead after all. A major merit this movie and it's franchise earns is that it doesn't hold back, and while it still plays it 'safe' it is refreshing to see this kind of…
I love you, Toothless!
Funny, sad and an very nice soundtrack. Top!
They spent a lot of time on making this film look beautiful, but the story was so weak. It took about 15 minutes of the movie before the main plot even started, and for the rest of the film the pacing was off. The film assumes that you like the characters, but I have to admit that I didn't really care for them. If they make another one of these, I'll be giving it a pass.
Predictably, I loved this film. Predictably, the animation and flying scenes top those in the original - if you see it, see it on the biggest screen possible, in 3D. Exquisite. The "world building" is organically, and admirably, done, and I expect part 3 will be equally as good as this one. But not as good as the first - for me at least. That's right, I couldn't love HTTYD2 as much as I loved the original. Perhaps because the original was so fresh, so vibrant, so....well ORIGINAL - a few years back, when it introduced the world, this one suffers a little by comparison. Good, but not AS good. The reluctant hero's journey shtick seems a tad laboured and…
Great sequel of one of my favourite animated franchises, can't wait for the next one
Remember the message from the first HTTYD movie? The whole "if you have an open mind, you might find that your enemies aren't as evil as you thought" thing?
Apparently, that was naive bullshit.
better sequel than i expected. Also Cate Blanchett's voice is perfection.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was one of those films which surprised me how much I enjoyed it as I wasn't the biggest fan of the first film when I originally saw it. But when I did see How to Train Your Dragon 2 in the cinema back in 2014, I thought it was a great animated film, one of the best we have been getting in years and it was definitely a great win for DreamWorks Animation. The story has quite a bit of depth to it which is good for an animated film, likeable characters, and of course, fantastic animation. It has honestly been a while since I've seen an animated film which looked this good. However,…
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