Flash Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

When the option is presented who would not want to repeat an experience that brought them pleasure previously? I know I certainly would want to do it. There are some places I return to when I take a vacation; the familiarity makes my transition from work mode to leisure time all the quicker. I have a few movie theaters that I prefer going to if I have the choice. Granted if there is a film I need to see that is only playing at a theater I am not fond of, you can be sure I will tough it up and go see it still. In regards to restaurants, when I find a meal that is good I will order it every time I return to the place. Where I am adventuresome in some areas, when it comes to food once I find something I like I can eat it over and over. I do not want to take a chance that I may not experience the same euphoria on a new meal that I could have had with my favorite. This type of thinking also plays into my feelings about movie sequels. If watching the first film was a great experience for me, I am hesitant about going to the sequel for fear of being disappointed. Sure there have been sequels that have been good or even better than the original, but I believe the majority of them tip to the side of being mediocre or a quick money grab by the movie studios. However, no need to worry with this animated adventure sequel; it was absolutely fantastic. After orchestrating a healthy relationship between vikings and dragons 5 years earlier Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel (The Art of the Steal, This is the End), heads out with his dragon Toothless to find and hopefully change the mind of the the evil Drago, voiced by Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Gladiator), who was determined to take control over all dragons. This action film was filled with amazing animation that worked beautifully with the fully developed story. Before I realized it was her, I was immediately captivated with the emotional voice of Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, The Lord of the Rings franchise) who voiced Valka. Gerald Butler (Olympus Has Fallen, Chasing Mavericks) reprised his rich voice for the character Stoick. Appropriate for the entire family, this picture was even better than the first one. I went through several emotional feelings while watching this wonderful film festival nominee. You can put your cares aside, take flight and join the wonderful world of dragons in this sequel. I hope they continue the franchise.


3 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 17, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I took the family for Father’s Day. It was a wonderful escape. I wish we all had dragons.

  2. Now that is what I expected to hear from you. I also agree that most of the movies that have sequels really do disappoint. In fact when you mentioned that point, I hadn’t thought of it, but I started getting concerned because that feeling from the adventure, thrill, rush, excitement that came from the first, might not be as impactful in the second. Your Aladdin 2, Mulan 2, Lion King 2, Tarzan 2, Brother Bear 2, were definitely not worth your time. The firsts were classics that needed no development.

    I am so glad you stated that this is in fact more than worth looking forward to, but a must-see. I cannot wait to see what Hiccup discovers and he changes, not only his life, but ultimately the lives of his entire village as well. Thanks for this review.

    • I am glad I was able to confirm your similar thoughts about sequels. If you get to see this movie I would enjoy hearing your views. Thanks for coming by to tell me.

  3. At long last, I have finally got the chance to see it. Work can really take up leisure time. Being in charge of social media, however, has made it easier to post here.

    Some time back I actually saw Lego Movie and I realized that with the careful conception of story and beautiful execution of character display with each of the cast, it definitely turned out to be the kind of movie that absolutely must have no progression at all. If it does, I will have no choice but throw it amongst all the other movies shamefully extended the story.

    As you said, this truly was something worth more than your penny. In fact you get so much more than your money’s worth! I especially love how the backstory connects so beautifully into this one. They prioritized story above everything else, so much so, that ever other element smoothly fits into it like the right glove put into the right hand.

    This movie is a classic example and a benchmark for the correct way to develop a story. In part 1 you discover an interesting family situation that leaves you with questions about the backstory behind it. The main character’s attributes, character flaws and so on, are impacted by that backstory. By the end of it, you are left with a curiosity, a thirst that can only be quenched by introducing the last piece of the puzzle in the next story.

    Despite the character’s outer motivation (main goal), the strong component that connects you very quickly with the characters is the fulfilment of that key aspect of the character’s background, more than anything else. This movie delivers that exceptionally well.

    Definitely my animated movie for years to come. Thank you William Davies, Chris Sanders & Dean De Blois (writers of part 1), and thank you Dean De Blois again for advancing the story. Special thanks to Cressida Cowell for writing the book.

    • I am thrilled you finally were able to see this wonderful film and that you loved it so much. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments, I appreciate it. Now about that work thing interfering with your movie time, I would be happy to write you a note to excuse you so you can catch a newly released film. lol

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