Film Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Emma’s Take)

MV5BMzMwMTAwODczN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDk2NDA4MTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Directed by Dean DeBlois

Starring Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler & Cate Blanchett

For anyone who enters How To Train Your Dragon 2 having loved the first film and with concerns that the second instalment is not up to par, trust me…don’t be. This is a darker, meaner beast that than its predecessor, but it still maintains the sweetness and humour that made the first film so charming. Hiccup (Baruchel) now with stubble, struggles with the raising expectations of his father (Butler), battles with dragon hunters as well as meeting a new mysterious dragon rider (Blancett) who he, without knowing, has been searching for his whole life.

 

 

 

 

 

One word that describes this movie perfectly is fun. There is plenty of exciting action sequences along with some great humorous moments particularly involving  an unrequited love story between Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Eret (Kit Harington) and despite having a longer than usual running time, there wasn’t a single boring moment in the movie, something which is obviously aided by the breathtaking visuals.

The movie reprises its successes such as the adorable dragons, beautiful animation and a fantastic score but it also goes a few steps further. It feels as though it has grown up with its main audience of the first film as it presents more adult themes such as loss and individuality . Experiencing this film, especially on the big screen, is comparable to a riding a rollercoaster, one with cathartic highs, heart-wrenching dips and a dizzying sense of speed.

See this film on the biggest screen you can. In IMAX it’s truly spectacular, completely justifying the blood and sweat that the talented team of animators have clearly poured into this project. Dreamworks has crafted a film that is perfect for both adults and children, with a huge heart, a great sense of humour and looks to die for. It ranks alongside the best that animated cinema has to offer.

5/5

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