Monday, 21 July 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Review (Updated)














How to Train Your Dragon 2


Release Date: 9th June 2014 - Australia
(Sydney Film Festival)


Production Companies
DreamWorks Animation
Mad Hatter Entertainment

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 minutes


Budget: $145,000,000

Box Office Gross: $621,537,519
(Worldwide) 


Plot Summary
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 favourite 
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 recognising 
that only together do they 
have the power to change 
the future of both men and 
dragons.


Voice Cast
Jay Baruchel - Hiccup 
Horrendous Haddock III
Gerard Butler - Stoick the Vast
Cate Blanchett - Valka
Djimon Hounsou - Drago Bludvist
Craig Ferguson - Gobber the 
Belch
America Ferrera - Astrid Hofferson
Christopher Mintz-Plasse - 
Fishlegs Ingerman
Jonah Hill - Snotlout Jorgenson
T.J. Miller - Tuffnut Thortson 
Kristen Wiig - Ruffnut Thortson
Kit Harington - Eret
Randy Thom - Toothless

Crew
Executive Producer/Writer/
Director - Dean DeBlois
Based on Book "How to Train 
Your Dragon" - Cressida Cowell 
Producer - Bonnie Arnold
Executive Producer - Chris Sanders
Co-Producers - Michael A. 
Connolly, Doug Davison,
Kendra Haaland and Roy Lee
Head of Character Animation/
Story Artist - Simon Otto
Character Designers - Joseph 
C. Moshier and Tony Siruno 
Computer Graphics 
Supervisor - Max Bruce
Visual Consultant - Roger Deakins
Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor/
Mixer – Randy Thom
Film Editor - John K. Carr
Music - John Powell


Review
Some animated sequels have managed to ruin the flair of the original, so I was never hopeful for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (HTTYD2) and hoping it would not fall into the category of cash-in sequels. During its post release, I was surprised it received unanimous praise but in saying this I still didn't think it would match the magic of the first. The original movie (click here) was a modern aged classic and it could never be surpassed by the second. I'd be so proud if DreamWorks would re-release the film again in 3D. HTTYD2 is a worthwhile sequel which allures everyone for seeing its more technically-crafted animation and the more flight-daring action to impress viewers.

Because of its maturity and darker tone, it feels a little more forced than the first one, but it does have a series of moments to build up the comedy and drama. Fantasy buffs will clearly recognise Cate Blanchett from LORD OF THE RINGS and Kit Harington from GAME OF THRONES for being here as voicing two of the newly-written main and supporting characters.

The story wasn't as fun and engaging as the original classic. It expanded differently from its predecessor and I would say it has remained faithful to its fanbase. It's a rather admirable sequel of which I would say that I am overwhelmed of its outstanding quality.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie



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