How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the sequel of How to Train Your Dragon (sorry for stating the obvious fact) but this one is way much bolder and far more substantial. There are only a few animated movies that I have seen in my lifetime (not really a very big fan of films originally intended for the youth) but boy, am I glad to have seen this one! I am clipping my wings that I won’t give out any spoilers, but here’s what I think about this movie.
My friends and I thought we would watch a sententious movie for a change and we all agreed to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 2-D. I was really impressed. The cameras were moving acrobatically, following the dragons while they were flying. I imagined how mind blowing it would have been to see it in 3-D. If it was that fascinating in 2-D, I bet it would have been a psychedelic experience watching it in 3-D. Stephen Thomas Cooney deserves a ton of praise by doing such an enthralling job as the movie’s visual graphic artist.
This movie is such an ideal sequel. It portrays that a boy from the first movie who has grown up to be a Man in the second movie. It doesn't stir up any confusion. It is easy to understand and the flow of the story is easy to follow.
It is a touching movie. It is the next best touching animation that I’ve seen since “Dumbo” (there’s nothing wrong with a grown up man crying because of an animated movie right?). Adults would love this movie too. I certainly did. The experience of being able to witness all the action, the emotions and the fun is more that what I have bargained for.
The content of the dialogue builds up the characters, which is very informational. As an audience of both the first and the second movie, I consider myself involved now and would like to get to know the characters more. This film definitely did not waste their dialogue lines in random scripted conversations. I appreciate their efforts in establishing the characters too. Dean Deblois, did you really write everything?!
It is a perfect family movie. Generally, this film contains a lot of positive messages, good character role models, moderate profanity, and equipped with educational values. There are a few suggestive romantic jokes but it is commonly acceptable. The first movie was made 5 years ago and by now the audience from that movie has grown into young adults. They are already considered to understand some kissing scenes.
Overall, the movie is marvelous and one that I would not forget for a while. I just don’t know if young children would understand the audacious actions and death scenes of some characters (I hope I did not spoil the movie yet). I would recommend that young children should be accompanied by an adult while watching this film. Highly recommend this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars!