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How to Train Your Dragon 2
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout 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.
|Studio :||DreamWorks Animation, Mad Hatter Entertainment,|
|Crew :||Art Direction, Art Direction,|
|Cast :||Cate Blanchett Jay Baruchel Djimon Hounsou Gerard Butler Jonah Hill|
|Genre :||Adventure Fantasy Animation Action Comedy|
After playing with our expectations, this turns out to be a very different sort of film.
One of the best movies of the year! Incredible from the beginning to the end.
This movie tries so hard to be funny, yet it falls flat every time. Just another example of recycled ideas repackaged with women in an attempt to appeal to a certain audience.
It's simply great fun, a winsome film and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags.
I´m a huge fan of the first but this one was disappointing especially because of Valka she sucks, and her relationship issues with Hiccup were handled poorly(is this film for feminists or something ? such crap) and in a crappy way, the strong lies in Hiccup and Stoick and Hiccup and Toothless at the end.
What these two films have in common is that they are both DreamWorks Animation Sequels and both of them have darker content compared to the first installments and both have two plots, in which one is about family related and the other one is about stopping a central villain. The difference between those films however is that one of them managed to tell these plots right and that would be, Kung Fu Panda 2. This film starts with a short intro about the past of a character that becomes the main villain of the story, followed by a fight in a local village. From there Po gets a short vision about his past, with a vague image of his mother, by seeing a symbol carried by the evil leader, he asked his "father" about his past, but in the end Po learned nothing other that he is adopted. After that we see how Shen uses his secret weapon that can outmatch Kung Fu and both plots are settled in only 20 minutes of the film! Now in HTTYD 2 we have to wait 30 minutes before one of the plots comes in light(Hiccup's missing mother) and we have to wait another 15 minutes before they finally introduced the main villain. The only things we know before that is that Eret works for him and that this villain went once to Berk and killed plenty of Vikings there, because they didn't want to obey him, but why not intimidate those Berkians with his dragons like the way he intimidates them? Oh and apparently he also managed to control an alpha dragon. How he did this is beyond me, but most of all his motive to conquer other people. After one hour Drago explains why he needs to intimidate all these dragons by literally showing his lose, caused by dragons and his motive is therefore to force dragons to work for him? He does not kill them though(except for that alpha), he just uses them in his advantage to conquer other lands for no good reason actually, because his past is barely related to this. In short we got a villain with an illogical match between motive and past and that simply gives no satisfaction to Drago's character whatsoever.Now in KFP 2 the main villain is 'Shen' who is heir to the throne of Gongmen City. This makes it believable that this position makes him hungry for more power and his reason to destroy the Panda homelands(where also Po's parents lived), is that they were a thread to his plans to take over China, at least he heard this by a soothsayer. He also got banned. This is something I am willing to buy, I even have to say that this concept is pretty damn good! Not only we got a villain that is in every way understandable, they also managed to connect two plots in order to create a story that reaches far more deeper and more complex than HTTYD 2. Because yes, HTTYD 2 kept the two plots rather separate than connected, which is barely intriguing to watch. After 30 minutes Hiccup coincidentally found his mother Valka(really do love the voice of Cate Blanchett) and after they got to her hideout. She said that she only left in order to protect Hiccup, but against what? This is not even tied to Drago! Besides if she truly wanted to protect them then she would've taken every dragon away from Berk. She will safe therefore more villagers and more dragons, but that did not happen. The only reason why she left is because she disagrees about killing dragons, but that is nearly not good enough to disappear for good without even visiting the place. And another thing: Why is everyone okay with that Valka left for 20 years, if that is the only reason? Hiccup did not care at all, he was just surprised, Stoick sang together with Valka like nothing of that ever happened and the rest did not bother. Also why does Valka continuously act that she knows who Hiccup is after knowing him in about 2 days. Saying that being Chief is who Hiccup is, while the one thing that we know for sure in HTTYD is that Hiccup is an explorer rather than a leader. So why does Hiccup not name Astrid as Chief? She could've been a great leader, but in this film she is rather a tag-along than an independent character and that is not Astrid I knew from HTTYD. Speaking of characters, Stoick died during the battle and surprisingly Drago just left Hiccup and the rest unharmed after defeating them! Remember what Shen did after that battle scene on the boats when he defeated his foes? He would've finished the job, if it wasn't for 'inner peace'. Anyway after Stoick's funeral scene no one either speaks of him nor mentioned him again, they just got over it? Really emotional gripping, but it does not work. This is incredibly rushed and forced writing. In KFP 2 the story started very early with emotional investment with Po and his dad(Goose), that last through the entire film. So why didn't they start with a emotional gripping conversation between father and son that also last through the whole film? Ugh, so many questions, so few answers...In conclusion: What they did here in HTTYD 2 is telling both plots by a mysterious approach rather than a swift, dynamic approach which is typical in the KFP franchise. But therefore KFP 2 tells their both plots exactly right with a clear direction in where they are heading, along with improvement of certain characters especially Po, his father and Tigress. As for HTTYD 2 the beginning is far too slow in order to tell all there is with this approach and as a result we got a very rushed middle and end. Therefore both plots, which are barely connected, are told very poorly. A forgettable Sequel(5/10)
What I most liked about the movie is how toothless gets over control of alpha and establishes his own self as alpha. Hiccup does not give up on his dragon despite his father's death. At last everything ends on good note.It is worth watching for adults as well as children.Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography: It is excellent.Tone: The tone relies on story where it is learnt how dragons can be controlled, mainly how alpha controls them and how can one achieve control over them for good or for bad. It is constructed well.Music: Music is average.It is worth watching multiple times.
When Hiccup and Toothless discover an 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. Darker and more mature than the previous film but also more heavily action packed and with some really beautiful places and new characters coming in How to Train your Dragon 2 is for me at least better than the first one and it also has something that i didn't expect to happen a sudden death occurred and it was painful to watch it it puts a friendship on the line but also the fate of dragons and it just made the movie even better not only as a sequel but also as a film on it's own.