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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Rated PG)

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

Directed by:  Dean DeBlois

Synopsis:  It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

My Thoughts:  Dragons.  Are.  Awesome!  I was a fan of How to Train Your Dragon and will admit to a lot of eye rolling when I heard a sequel was coming out.  I heard it was pretty good from people who went and saw it the first weekend it came out.  I was still skeptical.

Hiccup is still a fantastically geeky character.  He’s grown up over the last few years, but he’s still Hiccup.  It’s truly incredible when writers can mature a character while still remaining true to the original characterization.  Toothless is still adorable and kind of reminds me of my dog, which just makes me love him even more.  Astrid is still a total badass.  I think they could’ve done a bit more with her, but I understand the story mainly needed to revolve around Hiccup and Toothless.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is still for kids, but it is so dark.  I remember thinking something along those lines when I saw the first one, but this one is much darker.  Without getting into specifics or giving away spoilers, there are some serious issues brought to the forefront that both kids and adults will recognize.

In the end, the graphics in How to Train Your Dragon 2 far surpass those in the first one.  The story line is more mature, but still very enjoyable.  I would highly recommend these movies, but especially How to Train Your Dragon 2.  It’s just as awesome as the dragons in it.

4 out of 5 Popcorn Buckets = I really enjoyed this movie and plan to buy it as soon as it’s released.

Interested in buying this movie?  DVD or Instant Video




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