I’m super behind on writing reviews mostly because I’m being mega lazy after tiring and long days at work. But, I’m not slacking off. I did try to entertain you all with food reviews and we all love to look at delicious food, right? Enough of the silliness…back to business.
I told you that I had wanted to go to a bundle of summer movies. Two Sundays ago (I know I’m super late), my friend and I went off after dinner to go see How To Train Your Dragon 2. I’m a HUGE fan of How to Train Your Dragon. I mean, if I could have a room full of dragons especially Toothless, I’d do it.
Umm…okay, let me tuck away my crazy for a second and just go straight for the review 😉
Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington
Its been five years since Berk has welcomed dragons into their lives as friends and companions. Hiccup’s father, Stoick (Gerard Butler) is now trying to put on the Chief responsibilities on his shoulders much to his reluctance. He doesn’t feel like he’s fit to take on the job when all he wants is to discover new places with Toothless. However, on one of their discoveries, they land on a iced island where they meet Eret (Kit Harington) who is a part of dragon catcher crew who helps complete the dragon army for the deadly Drago Bludvist. Drago is bad news and everyone will soon learn just how bad.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a pretty great sequel. It doesn’t quite match up to the first one but its pretty damn close to it. The animation is beautiful as before and the story carries on with lots of heart and even tugs at some heartstrings. The voices are the same as before and still with lots of enthusiasm. With the additional voices of Cate Blanchett, she never disappoints. Plus, this time around, with the dragons as part of the life in Berk, there are more dragons to see.
Its an adventurous journey for Hiccup and his group and a lot of comedic moments as always. The whole venturing into the new lands and discovering more plus bringing back Hiccup’s mom in the process gave it a more emotional aspect. Cate Blanchett does a great job as Hiccup’s mom, Valka. We understand a bit more of Hiccup in the process while this whole journey also helps him learn about himself. In the end, isn’t that really what Hiccup’s story in How to Train Your Dragon is about? On a simple level, its about finding a balance and peace between the dragons and Berk but the relationship of Toothless and Hiccup really bring a lot of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments.
Whats great about animations is that the villain is usually really well laid out for its audiences, young and old. This one’s was Drago Bludvist, a crazy man trying to build a dragon army. He has a secret weapon and he’s a tough guy to beat that even Stoick is a tad intimidated by him. Drago is a great villain for this series. He’s not only dangerous to the Vikings but also the dragons. There wasn’t one moment where I cheered for him. I guess thats why he’s done so well, right?
In this sequel, the other characters from the first get a little bit more time also. They haven’t quite developed much on the characters but they work great as the comic relief to make the more intense moments softer for the audience. The addition of Kit Harrington as Eret and he sparks the flame of Ruffnut who makes for some pretty hilarious scenes and dialogue.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a great sequel that almost matches to the first. Its beautifully animated for one. Plus, the story never has any lingering dull moments with its excitement of discovery and surprises while also having an emotional ride as it tugs at our heartstrings to watch the familiar characters we’ve grown to love in the first one go through hardships. Especially when Toothless and Hiccup’s relationship is put to the ultimate test.
Dreamworks has been putting out hit after hit with such surprising enjoyable animations. It makes me hopeful for what they could possibly think up next 😉
What did you think of How To Train Your Dragon 2? Is it worthy sequel? Did you like the new characters?
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Good review Kim. It’s surprisingly more dark than the first, but it still works. Maybe even more than the original.
Thanks Dan! 🙂 I really enjoyed this one.
Great review. I liked watching this movie with my nephews. I agree. Whenever DreamWorks releases an animated movie it’s successful. 🙂
I wouldn’t say all the time successful because they are overstaying their welcome for me with Madagascar and I haven’t seen Turbo yet but so far, Kung Fu Panda, Croods, Rise of the Guardians are all so fun to watch 🙂
Yaaayyy! So glad you liked this one, too, lady! I agree–not quite as good as the first, but still very, very good. Great review! 🙂
Thanks Cara! 🙂 It was still pretty fun and who doesn’t like the very adorable Toothless?
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