After the events of the first film; the small Viking enclave of Berk is full of life, commerce and dragons. With dragons being faster than boats, the townsfolk of Berk can explore new lands at a blistering speed. Our heroes Hiccup and Toothless, while out exploring, run across dragon trappers who tell rumours of Drago Bludvist. Drago is a maniacal pirate that is trying to raise a dragon army. Hiccup, the reluctant heir apparent to become the next chief, tries desperately to escape his destiny; with Drago and possibly war on the horizon, Hiccup’s decisions will save or condemn his village.
The best thing about How To Train Your Dragon 2 is that everything is bigger and better. More lands to explore, leads to more dragons. I felt like a tourist travelling the photo-realistic lands along side Hiccup and Toothless. From the craggy glacier mountains to the low-lying petrified forests; the landscape in 3D is amazing. Colours pop with a vibrant flair, even in 3D. The depth added by 3D works well. It isn’t overpowering nor is it completely unnoticeable. The effective use of depth feels necessary, especially during the flying scenes. It’s rare to see a movie presented in 3D, that is worth the up-charge.
I find myself drawn to stories with good villains. They are the backbone of the story. The unflinchingly ruthless Drago Bludvist oozes evil (or ambition, depending on your view). Djimon Hounsou was perfect addition to the ensemble cast as the menacing Drago. Also, Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson and America Ferrera reprise thier roles.
The film is rated PG. Judging by the whimpers and sniffles of the kids in the audience, it probably isn’t for the under 5 crowd. The dramatic moments may be too emotional. The action secquences maybe too tense. That’s a sign of good writing and direction. Both done by Dean DeBlois, How To Train Your Dragon 2 doesn’t disappoint. If Pixar is the gold standard for computer generated movies, this film along with recent efforts from Disney, will surely have the guys behind Toy Story looking over thier collective shoulders.
Rated PG @ 102 Mins
Note: In 3D Where Available