How To Train Your Dragon 2 continues the story of a viking prodigy named Hiccup, a young man who has learned to train dragons and convince his people that dragons really aren't that bad. Every viking now has a dragon and plays with them, feeds them, cares for them, and even compete with them in races. Life is pretty swell in Berk to the point where Hiccup's father Stoick is thinking about making Hiccup the new chief after he retires. All those plans get flushed down the drain though once Hiccup discovers that a man named Drago is amassing an army of dragons to take over the world, leaving up to Hiccup, his pet dragon Toothless, Stoick, and the mysterious Dragon Master to stop Drago's plan to enslave all dragons.
Truth be told, I had no intention to ever see this movie when I first heard about it. I thought it looked nice, but nothing that I would particularly go nuts over. However, after it came out, I kept on hearing more and more good things about it and people were telling me that I HAD to see this movie. So I buckled up, saw the first HTTYD, then gave this one a whirl. Both movies, against all of my expectations, turned out the be very thrilling and fun movies that were actually pretty delightful to sit through. Not only that, but each movie respected its audience and showed scenes that while dark, were very powerful and helped to flesh out the characters.
|Yeah... this is a really well done shot|
- Wow the action is really good here! The first movie really only had one huge action scene and while it was good, it lacked a bit of energy to it, but here, there are two actions scenes, and the first one reaches such titanic proportions that it almost rivals the scale of Pacific Rim.
- Hiccup tries to be diplomatic with Drago to stop him from invading, but Hiccup realizes that evil people are, you know, evil. Drago doesn't care about trying to negotiate terms with anyone and therefore will do whatever he can to take over the world. When Hiccup tries to be diplomatic with him, it ends horribly for Hiccup and shows him that sometimes war is the only option.
- The flying scenes in this movie are great. I wish I saw it in IMAX to get the full effect
|Hiccup has a sword made of fire. AWESOME.|
The same can be said about HTTYD2 in that I want to be very clear and much more analytical about it and not jumping the gun to give it a 5 out of 5 ranking. Does it deserve that ranking? HTTYD2 is so close to getting that score of 5 out or 5, but I can't justify it because of a minor flaw that the movie has, but it's significant enough to dampen my enthusiasm for it. Simply put, Drago does not work as a villain. From his first appearance, he's nothing but a loud, raving lunatic who does nothing but swing a big stick around to command dragons. He's completely one dimensional and when he does have the potential to be a fairly interesting villain as a foil to Hiccup, it's not built upon and makes him a bit more interesting, but still very flat.
The first movie didn't have a central antagonist, which worked in its favor for what it was trying to accomplish. It wanted to be a movie that shows off the relationship between a father and a son and didn't need a mustache twirling villain to push them together. Instead they came together over a central goal and the only villain that could be identified was just a big dragon. Here, it makes sense that there is a central villain, but so much could have been done with him to make him interesting. Instead, the most interesting part about him is the fact that he can yell a lot and not have his voice crack.
|Puberty treated Hiccup fairly well|
It's hard to believe that this is probably going to be the best movie of the summer given what's coming out...