How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an entertaining sequel which provides marvellous spectacle.
Five years since Hiccup and Toothless united Vikings and dragons, the islanders are living in harmony. When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave on a neighbouring island, the pair find themselves at the centre of a battle to restore peace…
Following the success of How to Train Your Dragon, director Dean DeBlois is back for the second instalment. The narrative is fairly standard adventure fare, with a few devices thrown in fro good measure. After a little meandering at the beginning of the film (talking in the necessary foreshadowing), the pace picks up for the next two thirds.
Characters from the first film are developed in a natural manner, in keeping with what was presented there. Newcomers are fine for the most part, although the antagonist is a little one dimensional. The film relies on fantasy/action tropes rather than fleshing out this role. Nevertheless, the focus on the film remains on Hiccup and Toothless, so this is not a big problem.
The beauty of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is how engaging the central pair are. Hiccup and Toothless are well crafted enough for the audience to care about their outcomes. As a result, there are moments in the film that are genuinely emotional. Writer-director DeBlois has done well to make these come across as most sincere.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 offers tremendous spectacle with its animation. The flying sequences are wonderful to watch; and there is a richness to the animation which seems delightfully indulgent. It is really worth seeing the film in IMAX to experience just how fantastic the film looks. Jay Baruchel and Cate Blanchett lead a strong vocal cast.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a highly successful sequel. Fans of the first film will not be disappointed.