Movie Review : How to Train your Dragon 2

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5 years ago Hiccup (Baruchel) and his Night Fury dragon Toothless united dragons and vikings. Since then, they have all lived in peace and harmony. Tapping into his viking soul and still preferring to be out flying with his dragon, Hiccup is venturing forth and mapping new lands he discovers. During one of the outings, he finds a mysterious cave that is home to hundreds of new dragons.

But the hard-won peace of the area is about to be disrupted with the appearance of two rather horrible people…….Dragon hunter Eret (Harrington) and the evil Drago (Hounsou) who enslaves the dragons and is using them as his own personal army.

To top it all off, Hiccup discovers his mother Valka (Blanchett) is not dead as his father Stoick (Butler) has told him.

Can Hiccup rebuild a relationship with his mother and once again save all the dragons from harm??

This sequel is more mature than its original. That is to be expected as the characters are not teenagers anymore, they are young people on the cusp of adulthood.  The movie itself deals with more grown up issues …. forgiveness, stepping up to your new grown up responsibilities and continuing to fight for what is good and right, even in the face of overwhelming odds.

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The movie is glorious to watch with its animated dragons each so different and unique, I can only imagine the work that goes into every shot. Many of the dragons cleverly either reflect or serve as a balance to their owners personalities. Watch carefully 😉

The core relationship between Hiccup and Toothless has grown and matured, along with the characters. Hiccup also has to deal with both his parents and not only their relationships with him but also with each other.

This is a worthy follow-up to its predecessor although it may be a touch too heavy for our littlest movie goers. Just make sure they are cool with some pretty scary looking dragons.

If you like your vikings and dragons a little less serious than perhaps what other movies / TV series are showing us, this is a great way to spend a few hours this weekend. And after all, who wouldn’t want to ride a dragon!

Love Flick xx

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Director :   Dean DeBlois

Starring :  Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harrington

Running Time :  102 minutes

Release Date :  19 June 2014

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