Saturday, 6 September 2014

Movie review - How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) / animation, adventure, action

Directed and Screenplay by Dean DeBlois
Based on How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Produced by Bonnie Arnold
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington
Trailer: click.

Fresh, stunning and amazing!

Loosely based on the book series, the sequel to the 2010 movie takes place five years after the first film. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his friends are now young adults and the Viking village of Berk is a lovely place to live in. While investigating a wildfire, Hiccup and Astrid (America Ferrera) discover the remains of a fort encased in a colossal blue ice formation and encounter a dragon trapper named Eret (Kit Harington), who blames them for the destruction of his fort and attempts to capture their dragons for an insane conqueror called Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou). Hiccup decides to search for Drago to try and reason with him but Hiccup might discover something more than he expects.

I am a huge fan of the first film so there is no need to explain I was very excited about this one. It offers a new level of imagination and innovation. Definitely more mature, a bit darker with more drama, but still charming, exciting, with plenty of witty fun and emotionally resonant. There are more dragons and more characters, visuals are breathtaking and the film doesn't play it safe and just rehashes the story we've already seen in the first movie (like many sequels do). Intelligent, well written storytelling, continuation of adorable relationships, amazing voice cast, great music and the fact the film encourages you to think for yourself are a few more reason why I love this film. People who expect to see the same story can be disappointed but if you're open and ready for the next step in life of Hiccup and Toothless, you'll have a good time! 2014 must see for sure! 5-/5

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