How To Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Review

ImageSequel. 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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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on May 24, 2014, in Movie Reviews, Star Rapture Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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