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Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2018
This has to be one of my favorite movies. DreamWorks really outdid themselves with this installment of their popular "How to Train Your Dragon" series. The musical score is amazing, the animation is incredible, and the scenery is breathtaking. I forget sometimes that I'm watching an animated kid's movie with how on-point the detail is. It has a mixture of comedy, drama, and suspense that keeps even the squirmiest 6-year-old's attention. Set five years after the events of the first movie, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" follows Hiccup and his faithful Night Fury Toothless as they set out in search of new lands, where they stumble across men who are hired by Drago Bloodvist to trap dragons to form a dragon army. After a shocking discovery and a devastating loss, Hiccup and the other riders must race home to rescue their dragons from the alpha's control and take down Drago before his dragon army razes Berk.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
Too over the top for kids. I liked the first one, because it was a family night kind of movie. This one had made death a common thread in the movie. Seeing the death of the alfa dragon, was over the top. Seeing the dad die, was too much for a kids film.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2017
Way to make me all vaklempt about a smart kind boy and his adorable dragon. That Hiccup is intelligent first is one of the joys of this series. Add in strong female characters and some growth on the part of the characters, you got you a great story. Toothless the dragon acts for all the world like my kitty Spider. Adorbs.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2014
This is a good one! Anyone that likes animation; kids, big kids and little kids, and even fifty year old kids! I found this Train your Dragon 2 was just as good (if not even better) than the first one. Jay Baruhcel did something that I found very amusing: the antics going on behind the scene, like when Hiccup was explaining something and Toothless was being swamped by the baby dragons was hilarious! There was something going on all over the whole screen! The detail and the activity of each character constantly doing something at the same time all over the screen will definitely make you want to watch it again and again. And the addition of a new super Dragon (thats all I'm going to say about it so I won't spoil it for you) is awesome to say the least. The first How to train your Dragon, was a such a hit, that it inspired spin off cartoons -it was THAT good...and now I think we are just going to see more and more of the young man and his Dragon friend! Parents, people of all ages watch this with your families or by yourself. It's a truly wonderful story.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
SPOILERS AHEAD************ *************** ***************** mom has no proper excuse she literally should have begged them and they beg her instead to come back? she's a psycho! if she had a legit excuse to not seeing her family for 20 years then it would be ok also it would have been much better if hiccup's GF became the chief he literally didnt have to i thought it would have been interesting if he continued doing things he loved and she was the more upbeat she could have filled the shoes well bad guy plot armor is so stupid how the hell could he tame a mountain of a beast? makes no sense how would toothless become the next alpha also doesnt make more sense
so many things made no sense they had so much potential to make things cool and interesting and a great movie like the first one they screwed up
otherwise good characters i love all of them theyre fun and interesting great dragons great setting and world building so much potential for another great movie but they went lazy weird route forcing the kid to become chief and everything else that made no sense
I watched the first movie with my grandson and when we found the 3 different series relating to the movies on Netflix ( just do a search on How to Train your Dragon or keyword TOOTHLESS) numbered in order of production. ESPECIALLY the #3 * Race to the Edge - 6 seasons - 78 shows... #2 * Legends #1 * Dawn of the Dragon Racers You will know THE story and fall in love with each dragon and Viking! The lessons are subtle but well taught. EG: New vocabulary Imagine the shock of hearing your grandson not only using the following word in a sentence when answering WHY he chose a certain hand sized rock to take home as a souvenir, but know the meaning of it ! “ because it has that special “ je ne sais quoi” at 8 years old. 😋
Always will have all these DVDs available for our family!
OK the first one was awesome. The story arc, how Hiccup "got"Toothless and the father/son dynamic were all way above what I expected. And Hiccup's injury was a tearjerker as was his "death:. And that music when Toothless was drawing in the dirt and then Hiccup and the nose touch! Pixar eat your heart out! i loved this movie too but have one issue SPOILER ALERT My issue was with Toothless killing Stoic. I know the King made him, but still. I just hate the thought of Toothless being responsible, I loved the beginning with Hiccup and Toothless exploring. Andnn Valka and Stoic singing was awesome! And I thought that scar on his chin had a story! I noticed it in the first movie and thought... there's something there! Hiccup becoming Chief was awesome as was all the dragons bowing to Toothless. And we now know ut dragon saliva tastes terrible and is a b tch to get out of clothing!
5.0 out of 5 starsHow To Train Your Dragon 2 packs twice the amount of emotion and beautifully rendered dragon scales.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 28, 2019
How To Train Your Dragon 2 packs twice the amount of emotion and beautifully rendered dragon scales. When I said the first film caught me off guard with its surprising amount of intensity. Well, its sequel may have just bested it. From epic large scale battles on land, sea and air to investing character development between a broken family. This a near-perfect family adventure that is hands-down the best film from DreamWorks since 'Shrek 2'. Hiccup's village has now embraced dragons, and his thirst for exploration grows. Whilst venturing across the vast seas, he comes across an antagonising maniac who wants to conquer the world by controlling dragons. What this sequel does, which many fail to do, is mature the franchise. Hiccup and his viking friends are now young adults, and so their thought process and understanding of the world has matured with its audience. And I cannot understate how important that is. They could've easily replicated the original and played it safe, but evolving the characters through age allows more emotion to come through. The enamoured relationship between Hiccup and Toothless juxtaposes the fragmented bonds between Hiccup and his parents, and it works! It so works! And I found myself quickly becoming connected with every character and the tangible connections between them. Upon the arrival of the third act, DeBlois just puts everything on the table. Soaring dragon battles that lead to a sense of loss where Hiccup may actually not prevail. With so much at stake, you are automatically absorbed. The absolute gorgeous animation just complements the fantastical world that is presented. Lighting was improved, character models were smoother and the animation itself was divine. Improvements all round! Plenty of comic relief (particularly from Ruffnut) to ease the grandeur of its story and, well, packed with so much heart and sincerity that it often overwhelms. If it wasn't for Drago being underdeveloped as a villain, this may have got the perfect rating. Alas, it is an outstanding piece of animation from a series of high-flying films that came out of nowhere.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2015
Bought this for my husband as we both loved the first animated film! He had been wanting to watch the second one but never got the chance so I got it for him as a little present for Christmas. Its the first one he chose to watch yesterday! We haven't watched the whole thing yet but love the animation as it looks much better than the first one and of course the new continual story compared to most films!
5.0 out of 5 starsA truly remarkable film/story---- absolutely amazing, and very very enjoyable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2014
I took my grandson to HTTYD2. My own honest opinion of the film can only be one word MAGIC. A truly remarkable film/story---- absolutely amazing, and very very enjoyable. I enjoyed it that much, am now ordering the DVD. Go see it and enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars3d or not 3d, that is the question.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2017
What a cracking film. This breaks the mould of sequels not being as good as the original. This one is just as good, if not better. The 3d version really works well, with DreamWorks concentrating on the film, not the effects. Having said that it really is a good 3D film that will show your 3d TV off to its best capability.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great sequel to the first film.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2015
Like the previous film it remains very loosely connected to the books but I know in this case it makes for a better film. It is also different enough that you can enjoy the films and books as separate entities. (Films that are supposedly following books often annoy me with their transgressions.) All your favourite characters are back and this film introduces some great new ones. There are also some good surprise twists along the way. Like the first the flight scenes in particular look amazing in 3D. One of the best films I've seen recently. BRAVO!