Wow, it has been ages since I did a movie review and I am not sure I can even remember how to do it. Anyway without further ado, on to the review of Dreamworks' most highlight anticipated movie of the year, How To Train Your Dragon 2 courtesy of Nuffnang.
The movie takes place five year after the first HTTYD where the main characters and their friends are 20 years old now and their island village of Berk now live peacefully with their dragons as companions. While Stoick (Gerard Butler) has big ambitions for his son, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) would rather much prefer exploring uncharted territory with his dragon, Toothless.
On one of his explorations, he and girlfriend, Astrid (America Ferrera) narrowly escape capture from a dragon-trapper, Eret (Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington) who works for the self-proclaimed dragon master, Drago Blutvist (Djimon Hounsou). In his attempt to avoid the pending invasion of Drago's dragon army, Hiccup comes across a mysterious dragon rider (Cate Blanchett) who knows a lot more about dragons and more about Hiccup's origins than he can possibly imagine. (Okay la, it's his mother la. The trailers already gave it away)
Must watch, must watch! Especially in 3D! I could not get enough of the graphics that made up the gorgeous world of dragons. It only added depth to the flight scenes, making me feel as though I was flying alongside the characters. The dragons were beautifully designed and this time, given more character depth when compared to the first movie. Even in scenes shared with the human characters, the dragons would be in the background doing their own scene.
While adults and children alike flock to the cinemas for the dragon, the human characters for this movie have their own appeal too with quirky characteristics, funny lines and humour love rectangles between Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig), Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and Eret that had the whole hall roaring in laughter each time they appeared on screen.
It was nice seeing Hiccup's family reunited, allowing him a sense of a normal family (and their pet dragons). Stoick and Valka's scenes were just so cute. Let's just say, the family made the perfect dragon-riding team in the movie.
And of course, there was Toothless. Lovable, adorable, funny, loyal and fierce cat-like Toothless. He definitely is more expressive and has more character quirks in this movie, making him more endearing than ever. His cat-like properties comes across very clear in the way he moves across the ground and how he looks at everything with child likeness. As I mentioned earlier, just keep your eye on him even if he's in the background of a scene.
The only weak point I would say is the main villain, Drago who was described as some bad-ass dragon conqueror and feared by many only to be seen as a hooligan with dreadlock and a penchant for bellowing his lungs out at his dragon. His conquest to take over the world with his dragons is nothing special much like his back story that does nothing to justify his agenda.
Would I watch it again
A definite yes! The movie was nicely paced out with exciting action scenes and short but impactful emotional moments.The characters, humans and dragons alike are highly entertaining and oh man, the dragon galore was just.......awesome!!
Keep an eye out for the fight scene between two behemoth dragons!
How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits the big screen 12 June 2014.