How to Train Your Dragon 2  – Review
It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. 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. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 soars to new visual heights in this second film, but it’s mature subject matter can be downright frightful for kids. Right from the start, the visuals are outstanding and highly recommended for 3D. You feel like your on your own dragon flying through the sky. Although not as charming or funny as the first film, the characters are just as lively and some good laughs coming from Kristen Wiig’s Ruffnut who is just boy crazy throughout the movie. The dragons lead by toothless are all unique and come in different sizes. Some as massive as a huge skyscraper called Alphas. In the story, Hiccup is faced with many challenges including war, death, betrayal, and responsibility. These subject matters are difficult and maybe too mature for younger kids to watch. At times, the main antagonist Drago can be frightening with his motivation to conquer the world using dragons. Overall, How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes you from the kiddie ride of the original film and puts you right in the center of a massive roller-coaster.
7 out of 10 Stars “And with Vikings on the backs of Dragons, the world just got a whole lot bigger”
(some spoilers ahead)
Free Falling – The areo sequences in this film were stunning. You feel like your on board a dragon for most of the movie especially during the opening movie sequence and the final battle. Was that Quidditch they were playing?
Ruffnut – Kristen Wiig’s character gets most of the laughs in this film as she struggles to figure out who to choose between her love triangle
Toothless – As cute as ever and always the heart of the film
Avatar Much – With all the dragons flying around and all the bright visual colors, I couldn’t help to think that I was watching another dose of Avatar
The Laughs – With such a mature subject level in this film, I found the laughs were more for the kids than the adults. In our theater, I found most people had smiles on their faces, but didn’t hear any large outburst of laughs
Mature – With a major death 3/4 into the movie, this movie gets really dark and was