How to Train Your Dragon 2
Five years have passed since Hiccup and Toothless united the dragons and Vikings of Berk. Now, they spend their time charting the island's unmapped territories. During one of their adventures, the pair discover a secret cave that houses hundreds of wild dragons -- and a mysterious dragon rider who turns out to be Hiccup's long-lost mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett). Hiccup and Toothless then find themselves at the center of a battle to protect Berk from a power-hungry warrior named Drago.
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The show is well written, with great animation, powerful emotion, and good humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as much as the first one. There is relatively nothing offensive, though small children may end up getting a little scared from some of the dark dragons. There is some animated fighting too, mainly aboard dragons. Definitely worth a watch in my eyes.June 13th, 2014 · Details2 Thanks ·
Saw this a couple of weeks ago at a preview. For a sequel it is a success! Overall it was a very fun movie to watch and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. I left the movie feeling better then when I came in. The story moved along at a good pace. The new dragons you get to see are a lot better looking then all the old ones, except Toothless. I don't want to spoil anything, so I will just say there are a couple of subject matters/story arcs that come up that got my six year old asking a lot of questions (don't worry nothing I did not want him to see just more mature issues that he just had not had to deal with before, but not bad). Another issue that was brought in was that there are some people that are bad and can not be saved or compromised with. I was glad that the villain was not "saved", but was overcome (of course). There are a couple of other story arcs that I felt were unsatisfactorily developed or were unfinished, but I suppose that leaves the door open for another movie.
So, if I had to pick a target audience for this one, I would say even though kids from 5 and up will enjoy the movie, it is for a slightly older target audience then the first, and would except this one to resonate more with preteens and older.
Lastly, the 3D was done very well. It was not distracting and even added to the beauty of some scenes.June 13th, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
I am a huge fan of the first How to Train Your Dragon film, so seeing the trailers for this second installment made me really nervous, I did not like how different it looked compared to the first and I quickly assumed that in no way it would even be close to as good of a movie. I fortunately, was very wrong.
This is definitely loads different than the first, but the way it was done was excellent! In almost every way the film matured: in tone, characters, and the animation(which was amazing!). The first 10 minutes felt a bit weak and had the feel I was expecting, but it quickly picked up and had me hooked for the rest of the movie.
Another thing that I loved about the first was the music and how amazing it was. John Powell(Composer) created many more original songs just for this film, which were awesome to hear! The score really added to the emotional tone to the movie, and helped the tear jerking parts get the job done.
Something I noticed about "Dragon 2" was that it wasn't as funny as the first, but instead more focused on the story and action of the film, which it did an excellent job on. I did like the first a bit more, but not by much. If you loved the first, then I think you'll be very pleased to see what was done with the second.July 19th, 2014 · Details
amazing movieJuly 7th, 2014 · Details
In a Nutshell: Everyone in the family will enjoy this adorable DreamWorks sequel by Dean DeBlois. It impresses with FANTASTIC textures and surfaces: fur, leather, hair, metal, wrinkles on skin, dragon scales, tears, chin hairs, etc. It’s simply amazing how far animation has come. I didn’t even see it in 3D!
The narrator begins “With Vikings on the backs of dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger.” And so it is. A good sequel builds upon the solid foundation of its original movie, adding new layers and fun surprises. This movie does just that. The audience has grown up since the 2010 original, and this sequel has too, developing a rich story that provides substance to the silliness.
Uplifting theme: There is an environmental message about caring for animals against evil human predators. Just so you know, no dragons were harmed in the making of this film. Family and forgiveness are also addressed, as well as courage and love.
Things I liked:
• There are several running gags that weave throughout the movie. One features Ruffnut, the Viking twin sister of Tuffnut, as she falls in love with Erit, a new Viking with bulging biceps. She is voiced by the talented Kristen Wiig. T.J. Miller voices her twin brother, who also plays the comic relief in the newest installment in the Transformers movie franchise.
• Another running gag features adorable sheep who are used for a dragon version of Harry Potter’s Quidditch. Hilarious.
• I love movies that take time to provide random and humorous details. Icicles on mustaches. Freckles. Beards braided with leather bows.
• I want a pair of Astrid’s cute, fuzzy boots.
• The many air scenes will seriously make you want to fly.
• “The Dancing and the Dreaming” song with lyrics by Shane MacGowan and music by Jon Thor Birgisson and John Powell is very sweet and feels like a believable song of Viking ancestry.
• I adore Cate Blanchett.
Things I didn’t like:
• Who names their baby “Hiccup”? A Viking, I guess.
• SPOILER ALERT: As awesome as dragons are, I would never leave my baby boy to go live with dragons instead.
• Drago. Really? They couldn’t think of a more creative name?
Did you know?
• Directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois were not the original directors, but were later hired to create a movie that would appeal to the rug rats AND their parents.
• Did you know these “Dragon” movies were inspired by a 2003 novel? Astrid (played by America Ferrara) is a character created just for the movie, as she wasn’t even in the original novel.
• The character voice of “Toothless” was created by mixing sounds from horses, elephants, tigers, and even the voice of the Sound Designer, Randy Thom.
• A lot of the scenery is based on real places in Iceland and the Pacific Coast.
• “Men who kill without reason cannot be reasoned with.” - Stoick
• “You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon.” - Valka
• “Soil my britches!” - Erit
• “Me likey!” – Ruffnut when she sees Erit for the first time.
• Ruffnut says “Erit was the man of my dreams.” Gobber says “But Baby, I grew facial hair for you!”
• Astrid: “That’s your mother?”
Hiccup: “Now you know where I get my dramatic flair!”
Tips for parents: There is some fighting and a few scary dragons, but otherwise, even young children should enjoy watching this film.June 30th, 2014 · Details
This movie was wonderful, very family friendly and moving.June 29th, 2014 · Details
I'm usually not a fan of the animated kid's movies but I really like this series.June 28th, 2014 · Details
If you haven’t figured out by now, this second story, in what will be a “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy, is much darker in tone than the first coming-of-age tale.
There’s still an air of enjoyment in this second film, but it’s tempered by the growing maturity of its previously happy-go-lucky lead character, Hiccup. “Dragon 2” has some real weight to its plot, and that’s a good thing.
In fact, the director Dean DeBlois insisted that he would only return for this sequel if the studio allowed him to also direct the final chapter in the Cressida Cowell book series.
And so, now I have a whole new respect for what I thought was going to be another silly romp with goofy characters and lukewarm story lines... See Full ReviewJune 17th, 2014 · Details
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ has more of the same fun as it’s predecessor! Hiccup and Toothless ride through the air and enjoy riding past clouds. The humorous scenes are many in the movie, including one crash landing in which Toothless comes in a bit hard and the kids in the audience laughed with delight at this moment and his expressions... See Full Review
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is extremely entertaining with beautiful animation and a very well written story. There are some very inspiring moments where a father forgives and fights for his family, as well as themes of bravery, courage and sacrifice, showing what it takes to be a real leader. Hiccup’s father is shown positively, and the undying affection he exhibits toward his wife is refreshing. Caution is advised for younger children, however, because of the action, some scary dragons and brief references to pagan Viking gods... See Full Review
The team behind "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (Fox) -- which is adapted, like its predecessor, from a series of children's books by Cressida Cowell -- used the interval to create more outstanding visuals. Time spent on the script is less in evidence.
The follow-up is pleasing to the eye, mildly amusing and occasionally poignant. But saddled with promoting an ecologically correct agenda, the dialogue often sounds clumsy... See Full Review
How to Train Your Dragon 2″ is all fans of the original were hoping and has a good shot at being not just the best animated film of the year but one of the best in any category and for any age. The visuals are stunning, with thrillingly vertiginous 3D swoops and soars as the human characters fly on their dragons. And sorry about this #tfious fans, but this film has the tenderest love scene in theaters right now, with an exquisitely beautiful song called “The Dancing and the Dreaming,” with lyrics by Shane MacGowan and music by Jon Thor Birgisson and John Powell... See Full Review
The sequel, whose 3-D sequences are as enthralling as those in the first movie, has an epic quality, which dovetails with Hiccup's growing wisdom and maturity.
"We are the voice of peace, and bit by bit we will change this world," Hiccup proclaims, after fighting Drago.
A striking visual spectacle, Dragon 2 charmingly explores the relationship between humans and animals, and is especially poignant when viewed in the context of animal rescue... See Full Review