Title: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Directed by: Dean DeBlois
Screenplay by: Dean DeBlois
Based on: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington, and Randy Thom
Music by: John Powell
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Running Time: 102 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humour
Production Company: DreamWorks Animation
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favourite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the centre of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognising that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.
I have watched How to Train Your Dragon 2 again recently, and no matter how many times I watch this film, Toothless—the night fury dragon—always catches my heart. He is super cute and super adorable! There are times when a sequel is worse than the prior film, but there are also times when a sequel is better than the previous one. I don’t know which category How to Train Your Dragon 2 is classified because there are things in How to Train Your Dragon (2010) that I like better and there are things in this sequel that I like better than the prior film too.
The story in this film is darker and more mature than the previous film. Hiccup, of course, has grown up and more mature. Things are getting more complicated. However, the bond between him and Toothless has never been tighter than ever. The interaction between Hiccup and Toothless is more often than before. Since I really love Toothless, it surely a plus points itself to see more of Toothless. Anyway, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has exciting actions. The animation is still as great as before, if not, better than before. All the details are being paid attention so that everything looks perfect. The scenery looks fantastic and beautiful.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 still has its own comedy. It’s definitely funnier than before. You surely going to laugh more than a couple of times. Especially when you see Toothless here. He has definitely become more expressive than before. I think it was because he was given more scenes and therefore we can see how cute Toothless is. How all those dragons and the Vikings interact, makes the story more exciting than before. Especially when Hiccup finally got to see the new mysterious Dragon Rider. Cloudjumper, the new big dragon, is bigger than Toothless but not less funny. I don’t think if it’s funnier because to me Toothless is the ultimate cutest dragon ever. But the interaction between Cloudjumper and Toothless is something you want to watch. They are funny and cute together. Of course, the thrilling part is when they meet a new villain. This time, it’s not just the dragons but also humans. That is why the story became darker, more complicated, and more thrilling than the prior film.
Aside from being more expressive, to me, Toothless has become cuter and cooler more than ever. Seriously, he is super adorable! He kind of reminded me of Stitch from Lilo & Stitch. Stitch is cute but I still like Toothless better. He’s just the best dragon ever. Being a night fury makes him special and more awesome than other dragons, despite his size. I used to wonder why he’s so special. Just because he’s so fast and the one and only of his kind, what else makes him special? Aside from being cute, of course. I used to wonder that. However, in this film, I’ve got all the answer. They managed to show us why a night fury is awesome. They showed us new sides of Toothless.
“Who knows, maybe we’ll finally track down another night fury. Won’t that be something.” – Hicccup
It is not a surprised that How to Train Your Dragon 2 is nominated for Oscar for the Best Animated Feature Film of the Year category in 2015. Although the Oscar went to Big Hero 6 (2014), it’s just undeniable that this film has its own charm. Aside from the story, Toothless attract the attention from the audiences. To be honest, when I first watch this film, even since the first film, my intention is to see Toothless. Seriously, he’s just too cute and too adorable. There are even new things that we learn about Toothless that makes him even way more cooler than before. The blue-scale thing that he did is super awesome!
Overall, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a good film. The story has become more complicated and darker than before. I laugh and smile so many times and even at some points, I could not hold back my tears because the story is also sad. The characters are more mature now. Toothless is cuter, cooler, and more awesome than before too! The animation of this film is also perfect. This film is pretty much very enjoyable and entertaining to watch after all. I love the idea of the Vikings having dragons as pets. I mean, isn’t that kind of cool? I would want one for sure if the dragon is as funny and as cute as Toothless.
To me, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is worth 8.5 out of 10 stars. While of course, I give Toothless 10 stars!