102 Min | Animation – Action – Adventure | July 2014
IMDB Rating: 8.2
Director: Dean DeBlois
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Review: Great things were expected from How to Train Your Dragon 2, following on from the brilliant success of it’s predecessor, and it definitely does not disappoint. Every single aspect of the original film has been improved on, from the sheer cinematography, thorough story and well-written characters, to the breathtaking scenes and dazzling design. The plot takes place 5 years on from the end of the first film, with a nice catchup summary provided by Jay Baruchel’s Hiccup, with all the kids now in their early twenties. With the amount of time that has passed, the dragons are now fully integrated into the Vikings’ society, with both now working and living together. All is well, until danger shows itself in the form of Drago Bludvist, a maniacal ruler who is bent on taking over the lands with his army of dragons. And, as can be expected, it is up to Hiccup and friends to stop him.
The story of How to Train Your Dragon 2, is an entertaining one, with laughter, romance, action and sadness all coming together to appeal to kids and adults alike. Character-wise, all voice actors play their parts well, albeit Cate Blanchett’s interesting take on a Scottish accent, all returning to their respective roles from the first film. Other than the main cast, Craig Ferguson is providing comic relief as Gobber, the chief’s sidekick. One of the biggest things you will walk away from How to Train Your Dragon 2 remembering is the stunning visuals and design. The first film amazed cinema-goers with views of dragons flying over the Viking wilderness and seas, whereas this time the designers have outdone their previous efforts and created some true moments of awe.
The variety of dragon species in How to Train Your Dragon 2 allows for some amazing shots, reminiscent of certain scenes from James Cameron’s Avatar, and will truly leave you wanting more. All in all, Dreamworks, becoming a true contender for Disney’s crown, have created a stupendous film, surely capturing all ages and leaving them reeling for another. This excellent piece of cinema has all the components of an Oscar winner for best animated feature or best visual effects, if not then a sure nomination.