How to Train Your Dragon 2
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The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy brings us back to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years after the two have successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite 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 center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.
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As a caveat to this, why Hollywood is determined to make all good heroes orphans or members of a single parent family is beyond me. Oh hey! We found Hiccup's mother! But we only want one parent so let's kill off Stoic. Why? Just so Hiccup can be made chief of Burk? That was a bit forced. And why the heck wouldn't it have been a good idea to make Astrid chief? Not much of a stretch to me. She'd be a perfect chief. ok, rant over.
The story of Berk is bigger and there is so much riding on Hiccup and Toothless as a villain from the past returns to conquer all with an army of dragons. A chance encounter with a mysterious person from Hiccup's past gives him the encouragement and strength he needs to rise up and be a hero to his people. The film gives us incredible animation great humor and additional voices including Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou and an unexpected Kit Harrington. There is plenty more that is very unexpected that adds to the story and the legacy of these films that will surprise you.
I am very excited to see what is in store, now that DreamWorks has announced a third installment in the works. How to Train Your Dragon 2 suprpases its predicessor in all areas and it is one if not the best animated film of 2014.
I have a steady stream of elderly ladies who visit for tea, and a good-sized collection of area kids who stop by to look at my crazy home (big-time steampunk styling throughout), and EVERYONE thoroughly enjoys this movie! This [and the first movie] have provoked all manner of really charming interactions between the generations.....and has led the "ancients" into delving into The Hobbit movies, as well. In a world, and at a time, that elderly people are so often overlooked, this delightful romp of a movie has really bridged the gap. Everyone loves Toothless!
IMHO the story in the first movie was way better. And probably what really affected my view of the movie is this: the ending in the second movie was not exactly a happy one (I will not say why because that would be a major spoiler). And it appears that they set things up for version 3.
But again, it is for kids and probably these things that I mentioned just don't bother them.