JUNE 9, 2014

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (2014)

The sequel to the excellent HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) is in a word “AWESOME!” 


I know I can be heavy on hyperbole and dishing out praise quite often, but believe me, I don’t praise films lightly. After writing well over 250 reviews at this point, you know by now that I don’t like everything. I review each movie on basis of its own merits. With that said, I give HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 the highest acclaim I possibly can. This is a MUST SEE MOVIE for anyone who loves the magic of movies. 


The film has one of the most emotionally and structurally complex stories I have ever seen in an animated film geared toward children. But proving yet again that kids are smarter than their given credit for, both my 10 and 6-year olds followed it with no problem and gushed effusively about plot points on the ride home after the screening. 


Taking place a few years after the first film, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is not content with just staying around his home and he and Toothless spend hours everyday expanding their map of the world beyond Burke’s boarders. 


His father Stoick (Gerard Butler) tolerates this, but feels that Hiccup should concentrate on learning to become the new Viking Chief. Things take an unexpected turn when Hiccup and Astrid (AmericaFerrera) discover a group of Dragon poachers that leads them to a far more dangerous threat to the land. 


Everything about the film is exceptional and epic in scale. The amount of work that must have gone into creating some of the most truly awe-inspiring vistas is a sight to behold. I’m not joking that I must have turned to my son about 4 or 5 times during the movie with my eyes wide proclaiming “WOW!”  I truly felt like a little boy watching this and it personified everything I hope for in movies. 


We saw the movie in 3D and even though I find the technology really hit and miss and prefer seeing most films in 2D, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 absolutely MUST be seen in 3D. It is the best use of it that I have seen since the first film and even rivaled the marvel of the more recent GRAVITY


I know I’m gushing, but this film truly soared and for those cynical people out there who I’m sure can somehow find ways to nit pick this film, "Keep it to yourself." If this movie doesn’t renew your faith in filmed entertainment than just stop going to the movies because you’ll never be satisfied. A MUST SEE MOVIE with my highest recommendation and regard.