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Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (4 *’s) (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2is the second instalment in the How to Train Your Dragon series. It is, of course, an animated film by Dreamworks (I think). It was directed by Dean DeBlois (a director I’ve never heard of ) and it stars Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler as the voices of Hiccup, Valka, and Stoick respectively. Like its predecessor its good family fun, though there is enough violence in it to earn a PG rating. I wouldn’t bring children under five to it, but an older group would likely enjoy it quite a bit.

 

 

 

How to Train Your Dragon 2 picks up where the previous movie left off. Now, Hiccup is set up as Stoick’s heir; he will become Berk’s chieftain when Stoick passes away. He’s not exactly comfortable with that decision and that provides some of the tension with his father. Hiccup spends much of his time with his pet dragon, Toothless, exploring the seas around Berk and mapping the unexplored terrain. One day, while exploring, he finds an island of ice that is home to innumerable wild dragons and a mysterious dragon rider, like himself, who seems to have as much control and command of the dragons as he does. At the same time, he learns of new enemies on the horizon, led by the terrible Viking lord Drago and his army of dragons. Together can Hiccup and Toothless defeat Drago and his army? Or will they succumb to his great power?

 

 

 

Strengths: as this is an animated film, you really can’t judge it for special effects. The animation was fine, the storyline and plot were good, as was the dialogue. It can’t really be judged for acting, but the reading of the dialogue was excellent. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Weaknesses: it was rated PG, and as such, it deserved that rating. It probably isn’t appropriate for really young children because there were one or two actual deaths in the film. They were handled tactfully and as well as could be done, but still, that might be a bit much for a four year old. That alone, I think is the biggest weakness. There is one small logical flaw in the movie, though. Hiccup and Toothless are out exploring, mapping the mysterious terrain. But these are Vikings. They have ships. Wouldn’t they know what was in the surrounding ocean? But that minor detail can be overlooked for a children’s movie.

 

 

 

In the end, I’ll give How to Train Your Dragon 2 four stars out of five.