How To Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review
Sequel. The word often makes people cringe, as more often than not, studios are in for the money rather than the quality. In my mind, only certain sequels are up to par or even better than the original, bringing up names like Toy Story 2, The Empire Strikes Back, and now, How to Train Your Dragon 2.
It’s five years since the first movie. Hiccup, Astrid, and their friends have transformed Berk into a dragon-friendly island where Vikings participate in a Quidditch-like sport that involves tossing sheep in the air. Hiccup and beloved dragon Toothless are charting unknown territory when they discover a villain’s plan to build a dragon army. With a new addition to the family, the Vikings go to battle against a fearsome enemy to protect their dragons.
I went into this movie with high expectations based on raving reviews I read, and HTTYD2 did not disappoint. The plot incorporated it all—humor, heart, action, adventure, whimsy. With the addition of new dragons and new territory, the animators created an exotic, gorgeous world filled with unparalleled creations and ideas that popped to life especially in 3D. I couldn’t help but marvel at lush green oasis backdrops and the stunning flight sequences over the ocean. The orchestral score by John Powell outdid the first movie’s. HTTYD2 is the best DreamWorks Animation movie in a decade, with a little something for everyone. Not only will children enjoy it, but adults will, too—I heard grown adults gleefully chortling one moment and sniffling the next. Hiccup’s struggles in finding himself and accepting a role of leadership are very relatable, and I’m sure young boys will find a bit of themselves reflected in our protagonist who relies on his wits and courage to defeat the bad guys.
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