“When Hiccup and Toothless discover an 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.”
This movie is truly what a sequel is meant to be. Check all the criteria to be a good sequel;
Continue the development of at least the main character
Up the anti
Increase your scope
Add new characters
And this movie does them ALL, and All WELL. Hiccups character (as well as all the others) is a few years older now, and really becoming a man. And we fully see the change in his attitude and his worries and problems that go along with being older. The stakes in this movie have also definitely been raised, you really feel the increased level of urgency and danger here. The film itself is simply breathtaking and gorgeous. The shots of the landscapes and of the dragons flying are phenomenal and there is an amazing level of attention to detail in the animation. There is an overall feeling of increased ambition. There are a bevy of new characters in both human and dragon form, and all do well to add to the story going forward. The voice acting here is most certainly on point, aided supremely by the amazing character animations. The facial expressions and movements are extremely human and expressive. At time this movie is extremely emotional, and then at other times its full-fledged, fast passed action. There aren’t any dead spots or wasted moments here either. When the movie is not engaging u emotionally, its wowing you with stunning scenery, or its striking you with brilliant action scenes. The entire cast of voice actors here is also brilliant, most of which truly get lost in the character making u only see and hear the character and not the respective actor. This summer is really shaping up as one of the best summers for movies, and How to Train your Dragon 2 is truly another hit out the park here and I recommend everyone from young to old to see it, there is something in here for everyone.
Review Score : 9.5 out of 10