I guess it's fair to say it's adequate as a kids film, the first one just happened to transcend that label.
There's much more of a focus on action and spectacle here than the personal, character-driven plot of the original. I suppose they are better off taking the story elsewhere than attempting to recreate tread ground. The relationship between Hiccup and Toothless is still there, but this film is basically just about war.
It didn't really impress me on a…
First two acts are great, third lets it down a bit by doing less with more but it's still enjoyable. It's great in portraying how smoothly the the joking around "we're all in this together!" type of mentality caved to genuinely frightening, arbitrary cruelty.
I've probably just been watching too much hollywood stuff lately but it was refreshing that all the men looked like average joes and not movie stars. The first two acts felt about as authentic as it…