Have you ever been in a theater when the movie starts only to realize you really “gotta go?” It’s the age-old dilemma: go now and miss the opening, or see how much intestinal fortitude you have. Be warned, once How to Train Your Dragon 2 begins you’re not going to want to go anywhere. If you’re lucky you’ll be like me and get so sucked in you’ll forget until credits roll. Moving on…
How to Train your Dragon 2 is the story of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless as they discover their place in the world. Hiccup, Chief of Stoick’s (Gerard Butler) son, has to decide whether to follow in his fathers footsteps, or go his own way. Together, Hiccup and Toothless are an unstoppable force of exploration and adventure until they’re met with Drago Bloodfist (Djimon Hounsou), a man bent on war with an insatiable thirst for dragon domination. What happens when an unstoppable force comes up against an immovable object? A lot of unexpected, exciting, and heart-wrenching things it turns out.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is much more dark an ominous as it plunges into some very grown-up themes in this movie. Themes like discovering your identity, overcoming loss, standing your ground, and forgiveness are covered so well that they brought me to the brink of man tears. Yeah, I said it… It’s not often the sequel is better than the original, but it can happen, and HTTYD2 did it! Two of my favorite animated movies this year The Lego Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 both surprised me with the amount of heart and emotion they invoked. That’s not to say children will not enjoy this film; I was surround by little children giggling and talking throughout the movie while their parents quickly shushed them.
A word to parents in kids movies. Let them laugh and talk, it’s cute. The end.
To be honest, I’m much more a Pixar fanboy than a DreamWorks guy, but I have to say… Wow! This movie was stunning from the first frame to the last. DreamWorks has been coming into their own. The last few years shows Dreamworks to be in the process of matching or even surpassing Pixar in the animated film realm. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with next after all competition between these two giants only means better stuff for us! This year is shaping up to be pretty great for movies! One a scale of 1 – 5 (get it scale, like dragon scales) How to Train Your Dragon gets a five!
This movie should be fun for the whole family, so grab your family and head down to the nearest theater. It’s movie time.
Review in a tweet:
“Stunning Imagery, surprising heart and amazing action. Move over Frozen, HTTYD2 is here to stay! I want a dragon!” #christcorenet