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.
I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t a complete How to Train Your Dragon fan. I’m up to date on the books, have watched the first movie about three times already, have read the comic and have started to watch the animated TV series. So naturally I really wanted to see this movie.
This afternoon I watched it in the theater and I was completely blown away. What I expected to see and what I ended up seeing were worlds apart. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is very mature for a children’s movie. In fact, I don’t know how much a young child would understand or take from the movie. It’s more of a middle grade movie – if that makes any sense.
Hiccup is now 20. He is out fending for himself, mapping as much of the world as he can, while still balancing his job and his fears about becoming chief. He has developed a relationship with Astrid that went deeper than I thought it would. Fishlegs, Snotlout, Tuffnut and Ruffnut have matured slightly less, but they have definitely developed since the first movie. There are so many wonderful relationships explored – the bond between parent and child, between lovers and of course, between rider and dragon.
The plot is all kinds of awesome. The hour and a half flew by because the story line never lets up. There are dragon trappers who want to create a dragon army and take over the world. Hiccup must strike out on his own in order to prevent a war and prove that at heart, dragons are peaceful, gentle and loyal. There is death. There is pain and suffering. But I guarantee that there will be times when the movie will bring a smile to your face. Oh and also times were you will be moved to tears – from happiness and sadness.
The attention to detail is incredible. Little things that I’d deemed insignificant in the first movie are returned to and explained. Nothing is just brushed off. And the visuals are stunning. The flying scenes are magic and the scenery is breathtaking.
So just an all around awesome movie. Couldn’t have asked for any more. It is such a leap from the first movie and makes brave yet amazing developments. Go watch it!