How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

(2014)

Picking up five years after the first movie, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and Toothless set out to explore unmapped territories and discover new worlds. Winner of Best Animated Movie at the 2015 Golden Globes. Also features the voice talents of Cate Blanchett, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harrington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Gerard Butler.... More

Hiccup and Toothless come across an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons, looked after by a mysterious new dragon rider. However, the emergence of Drago – a feared conqueror looking to build a dragon army – could mean the end of the peaceful harmony between humans and dragons. The bond between Hiccup and Toothless is strong, but the crushing iron fist of Drago may prove too much for the pair.

A third film has been announced, set for release in 2016, also to be directed by Dean DeBlois.Hide

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DreamWorks’ surprisingly awesome How to Train Your Dragon wrangled together colourful and imaginative creature designs, resonating themes surrounding parent-child angst and ignorance through fear, and top-class animation that made flying look so damn cool. The sequel doesn’t attempt to take things in a completely new direction, choosing instead to expand its world and characters with great success. Oh, and the flying sequences still look so damn cool. (I got goosebumps at one point.)... More

Hiccup is now 20 years old, wiser and more confident while maintaining his affectionate bond with both Toothless and Astrid – playfully demonstrated early on in one of the film’s most subtle and memorable scenes. He’s created new gadgets, new modes of flying and charted more territory, but still hasn’t discovered a sense of who he is. That all changes when he happens upon his estranged mother, whose long absence from society has turned her into a sort-of cool crazy cat lady – but with dragons. The pair’s rocky relationship feels light in comparison to the original’s father-son conflict, but she’s an extremely well-realised character nonetheless.

A new threat comes in the form of Drago, a chest-thumping man mountain who looks to dominate everything by making a dragon army and shouting an awful lot. He’s a fairly one-note villain – conquering his fears by being fearsome is all there is to him – but it’s in service of teaching its young male audience an important lesson in masculinity: trust is more powerful than control.Hide


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BY thorinoak superstar

Beautifully animated, emotionally engrossing, and a fantastic story. Its great to be back in the land of Berk. Fantastic.


BY rosiew superstar

I die a little on the inside when a favourite film of mine has a sequel announced, so I was feeling all happy when this film lived up to all the rage. I giggled along with the ten-year-olds sitting behind me in the cinema. It was truly the perfect sequel. For all the animation and family movie lovers.


So well made and so much enjoyable with the family.
A must watch for the school holiday.


BY Blake23 nobody

It is a top star move


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92% of critics recommend.
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  • Going beyond the pat eco-conscious message that every kids' film has to have, HTTYD2 touches on how complex the emotional bond between a person and an animal can be. Full Review

  • Advances the story without sacrificing the integrity that defined its most atypical toon. Full Review

  • The rote hero/villain face-offs are exciting, but the film is in no hurry to fast-forward to them. Full Review

  • This is a more rugged affair than, say, "Frozen," and any admirers of that film might find themselves yearning for a few more songs and a little less testosterone. Full Review

  • The story seems to be going somewhere until it comes to a halt with the inevitable showdown between the forces of darkness and the forces of light. Full Review

  • More emotional, exhilarating and expansive than the original. DreamWorks finally has a franchise to match its ambition. Full Review

  • Definitely a darker, more emotional ride that it’s predecessor. It’s filled with fantastical flight sequences and incredible animation (worthy of 3D), but it may be too dark for younger film-goers. Full Review

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