Woo, went to see How To Train Your Dragon 2, it was great. In general, I tend to like kids movies. They can easily provide comedy and drama in the same film, are fun overall with lots of wild spectacle. How to Train Your Dragon 2 does not disappoint. The visuals are greater than ever with lots of new places.
One thing I liked was how all of the characters have been redesigned to look older. Five years have passed since the first movie. Hiccup is now a young man of 20, and the kids all look older while still being easily recognizable. Even the main adults have a more aged look. I think Gobber has less hair. Stoick definitely has lost some color to his beard. It’s not much, but it does add to the time that passed.
I think the dragons even look slightly different, or bigger. They are more expressive in general, too, especially Toothless and another dragon from the sanctuary, who I can’t remember the name of.
Visually, this movie boasts some of the most stunning areas I’ve seen from large ice oceans with some kind of dragon swimming under the waves to an entire dragon sanctuary. The dragon nest in the first movie gave an ominous dreadful feeling. The dragon sanctuary in this movie provides grandeur and wonder.
This time around, Hiccup is dealing with his father wanting him to be the new village chief and his long-lost mother. Come on, his mother was all over the trailers. Not a spoiler. Unless you’re one of those people that don’t watch trailers. Woopsy.
There are some wonderful scenes between Hiccups family that captures the awkwardness and love they have for each other.
This time, the bad guy is a human who can also control dragons. His reason for doing things is pretty much because he wants to. He is dark, menacing and taken as a serious threat. His full backstory is never revealed, but it was alluded to. I think it sort of fits his character to not learn everything about him because he wouldn’t even care about it.
Now, this movie has some of the best dragon combat I’ve seen. From the many different species each with different skills, they produce some great action. I can not think of a movie better for filling a need for dragon action.
So, this movie has great spectacle, catching up with the main characters 5 years later, some touching family talk, and a beast of a main villain. It all comes together in an emotional third act which I won’t talk too much about. Suffice it to say, dragons make it awesome.