Starring: Jay Baruchel Djimon Hounsou, Gerard Butler
for adventure action and some mild rude humor
Reviewer: Kent Tentschert
The Viking village of Berk is now a harmonious settlement for both Vikings and dragons – thanks to Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless.
While out mapping unknown areas, Hiccup stumbles upon dragon poachers who trap dragons for Drago Bloodfist (Djimon Hounsou), an evil, relentless man hell-bent on controlling every dragon and thus mankind.
When Hiccup encounters a mysterious shaman who controls scores of dragons, he finds an ally who can help him stop the imminent war. Yet, as he struggles with his leadership skills, Hiccup soon discovers that he may not have a village to lead.
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” tries to recapture the beauty and charm that initially captivated audiences in 2010. And a difficult task they have – to reignite a franchise after a four year break, much less continue the zeal that the initial film launched.
Hiccup, now a young adult, is being groomed by his father to lead their village. But where Stoic’s (Gerard Butler) philosophy of – attack first, negotiate never is the direct antithesis to Hiccup’s, there is always room for reasoning – the two struggle to find common ground.
From this film’s opening moment, it continues the adventure it began four years ago.
With gorgeous animation, audiences will feel as though they are soaring on the back of a dragon enjoying breathtaking vistas – and will want to become a member of this loveable tribe.
The ever-present charm will thrill fans as Hiccup’s and toothless’ relationship deepens, as does our appreciation of his friends.
The balance of humor and drama is perfect as themes of love, loyalty and loss are subtly weaved into the story.
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” will delight fans and gather new ones, and while this film has one Hiccup – he’s one that any movie would welcome.