Sound Off: DWA's Sequel 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
June 13, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Finally, our friends Toothless and Hiccup are back! After a quick four years, DreamWorks Animation returns with How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the surprise modern classic hit from DWA, How to Train Your Dragon. Jay Baruchel provides the voice for Hiccup, a young Viking who befriends a dragon named Toothless. In this sequel, the Vikings are friends but encounter more foes of dragons as well as some mysterious new friends along the way. Is it better than the first wonderful movie? Could it be that good? Or does it have sequel problems, without as much care as the first one? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on DWA's How to Train Your Dragon 2.
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To fuel the dragon fire, I really really love this movie, it's beautiful and exceeded all of my expectations. In all truth, I was emotionally affected so much that I almost had tears streaming down my face, there are some truly wonderful moments in this movie involving the people Hiccup meets (not to spoiling anything), and the circumstances he must overcome. What a story. They really want all out and delivered in full. For one of the few times, I feel like DreamWorks Animation has matched Pixar in terms of quality. I love the way it really focuses on the characters and the core, no goofing off, no excessive zany jokes, none of that DreamWorks-y stuff. Even the relationship between Hiccup and Astrid doesn't go off on any wacky paths.
More than anything, I love the themes and the messages it explores. Especially its focus on treating animals, and anything with a soul, with respect and admiration, not just hostility. Additionally, the way it seeks peace as a resolution, and the theme of rising up against the one alpha mindset that controls everyone. It's such a wonderful animated film with so much depth to it. As much as I love all the flying sequences, I love all the bonding sequences and moments where Hiccup continues to grow and learn. This is such an impressive movie for DreamWorks Animation and I am overjoyed that we get to experience it, as this is more of what we need. A movie that teaches everyone good lessons, but also inspires and is beautifully made. Nice work.
What did you think of How to Train Your Dragon 2? Outstanding sequel or a complete mess?
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