HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
Beautifully animated, this sequel surprises you as it goes deeper and farther than the original animated film, How To Train Your Dragon. Without repeating or rehashing the plot of the first film, the viewer is captured immediately by the beautifully crafted animated of DreamWorks Animation studios and the film travels far and wide and higher than ever before. It’s simply breathtaking.
Hiccup (Baruchel) is older and more mature in this film, set five years later, and still flying his dragon, Toothless. Hiccup is still in line to succeed his father, Stoick (Gerard) but resists and just wants to fly to farther lands and find more dragons to rescue and bring to live peacefully among his people. Although the village of Berk all have dragons as pets and they play dragon games, While Hiccup is out exploring new territories and mapping them out he runs into a gang of dragon hunters, led by Drago (Djimon Hounsou) who captures as many dragons as he can find so as to turn them into subjects with the use of a gigantic alpha-male dragon. Drago’s goal is to control all the dragons and civilizations.
Hiccup, with Toothless are off on an adventure that brings startling revelations, challenges, and storylines that are a bit more mature than the first film. DeBlois handles the story well, assuring us that even if the audience has aged five years, so has the depth of the story. There’s plenty of humor and cute moments. Although more mature in tone, the joy, freedom and fun is still there. The supporting characters shine and a new surprise character adds to the fun and to the drama.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a fun romp with mature situations that never let you forget friends, family, loyalty and courage. This is what every animated film should strive to achieve. With elements like these in place we can soar high above the clouds and reach new heights of entertainment and creative expression.
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrerer, Cate Blanchett
Director: Dean DeBlois
Company: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation
Now Showing: In Theatres, On DVD
MPAA Rating: PG