How to Train Your Dragon 2

July 27th, 2014


How to Train Your Dragon 2

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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.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 8.8/10 (3,667 voted)

Critic's Score: 72/100

Director: Dean DeBlois

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. 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. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

Writers: Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell

Jay Baruchel - Hiccup (voice)
Cate Blanchett - Valka (voice)
Gerard Butler - Stoick (voice)
Craig Ferguson - Gobber (voice)
America Ferrera - Astrid (voice)
Jonah Hill - Snotlout (voice)
Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Fishlegs (voice)
T.J. Miller - Tuffnut (voice)
Kristen Wiig - Ruffnut (voice)
Djimon Hounsou - Drago (voice)
Kit Harington - Eret (voice)
Kieron Elliott - Hoark the Haggard (voice)
Philip McGrade - Starkard (voice)
Andrew Ableson - Ug (voice)
Gideon Emery - Teeny (voice)


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Brazil]

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 13 June 2014

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Did You Know?

Chris Sanders, co-writer and co-director of How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Dean DeBlois' collaborator since Lilo & Stitch (2002), will not return to write and direct the sequel, due to his involvement with The Croods (2013); although, he will only executive-produce the film. See more »


User Review


Rating: 9/10

Seeing the original 'How to Train Your Dragon' for the first time made me feel like a kid again and it has since become one of my all-time favorite films, so when I got a chance to see this, I was as much worried as I was excited. In the past, some of the films I have anticipated the most turned out to be the biggest disappointments (like 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' - to name but the worst), so I took a deep breath and tried to lower my expectations going in. Films that premiere at Cannes (but run out of competition) have a long history of being over-hyped and "of rather mixed quality", to say the least (again: 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull') – but this one really needn't have feared the competition. I'm glad to say that Dean DeBlois has crafted a beautifully animated tale that loses nothing of its predecessor's sense of fun and adventure, while it enhances Hiccup's and Toothless' journey into an almost classic - and unexpectedly touching - "coming-of-age" story.

While still colourful, playful and visually all over the place (I mean that in a good way*), the tone of the sequel is noticeably darker and the predominant themes are more mature. The writers made some (for Hollywood movies) unusually daring decisions in having Hiccup face very tough realities in life; especially one about the danger of over-humanizing pets and forgetting about their animal nature. Small children had perhaps better stay away, since the film is also quite a bit scarier than the original. That's not saying that there isn't a lot of humour – but the wisecracks of Jonah Hill & Co. will most certainly be lost on the very young and are clearly targeted towards older children and teenagers.

*A word about the animation: This is among the most visually stunning animated films I have ever seen; at times, there is so much eye-popping spectacle on screen that you don't know where to focus anymore - this one definitely needs a second viewing.

My overall verdict: While the storyline may not be quite as straightforward as the original's, the well written, credible character development and the gorgeous visuals are more than satisfying. 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' could have played it safe by merely repeating the original's formula – it opted instead for the introduction of fascinating new characters while giving the ones we know more back-story and a chance to grow up and explore new territory. I would say that next to 'Days of Future Past', this is one of the best sequels Hollywood has produced in a very long time. 9 stars out of 10 (with the option of a straight 10 once I've seen it again).

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