…Take Off

20140620-000308-188715.jpgWhen it comes to animated sequels, the savvy filmgoer has learned to manage their expectations. So, naturally, I went into “How To Train Your Dragon 2” with middle-of-the-road hopes and expectations.

This sequel to the 2010 film, surprises at every dragon-riding turn.  It has all the sweetness and humor of the original, with a little bit more edge and a darker story.

It’s five years since Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful (and adorable) dragon Toothless brought together the Vikings and the dragons in the village of Berk.  No longer landlocked, and with a new-found freedom to explore, the Viking’s world has become a whole lot larger.

During an expedition into uncharted lands, Hiccup discovers a band of dragon catchers, led by the not too bright, and overly confident Eret (Kit Harington).  This encounter serves as a reminder that the larger world comes with its own new and unfamiliar dangers.  

This particular new and unfamiliar danger goes by the name of Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou), and enjoys catching dragons and conquering civilizations.

When Hiccup takes off on his own to try to confront and reason with Bludvist, he is intercepted by a mysterious dragon rider, who turns out to be his mother (Cate Blanchett).

It’s a heartwarming reunion cut short by the bloodthirsty Bludvist.

I won’t spoil any endings, but it’s a tearjerker with plenty of laughs thrown in.

“How To Train Your Dragon 2,” manages to build on what worked in the original without simply trying to recreate its predecessor.

The animation is stunning, and the 3D is used perfectly.  Even if you’re usually one for the 2D versions, this film is worth seeing in 3D.  The grand scale of the film, and numerous aerial scenes benefit from this format.  This is the kind of film that 3D should be used for.

If you enjoyed the first film, you are certain to enjoy this sweet though slightly darker sequel.  If you didn’t see the first film, you will still enjoy this film.  Although, you’ll probably want to set aside some time afterwards to view the original.  You’ll want to watch it.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. OMC says:

    haven’t seen either but now I will try to…

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