Hiccup, Toothless and the Vikings of Berk are back in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
Five years have passed since Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless began their adorable friendship. There is peace among Vikings and dragons and the villagers of Berk have their own pet dragon. The dragons help with day to day work, and the villagers have even invented a fun new game called Dragon Racing.
Not participating in the races are Hiccup and Toothless. The two spend their time exploring the surrounding lands of Berk adding to their ever growing map and searching for new dragons.
However, the rest of the world is not as friendly or open minded as Berk. Hiccup, Toothless and the gang eventually run into some tough dragon trappers like Eret son of Eret (Kit Harington) as well as one scary Viking named Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou).
But bad guys aren’t the only people out there. Hiccup soon discovers a missing part of his life he thought he’d never see again, his mother Valka (Cate Blanchett).
The characters we grew to love in the first film have matured not only in looks but in personalities. Astrid (America Ferrera) is still the tough, empowering Viking, but Hiccup isn’t intimidated by her anymore. The two have moved well past the butterfly stage of their relationship and are more comfortable with each other.
Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and twins Tuffnut (T.J Miller) and Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) are back and hilarious as ever. They, too, have matured, somewhat, and are dealing with more adult issues like love. Still, the gang is there to back up Hiccup and Astrid.
The best parts of the movie, of course, are the dragons. They are constantly moving around, making funny noises and playing with one another. Even in scenes where the main characters are talking, you can still see dragons like Toothless and Astrid’s dragon, Stormfly, chasing each other and acting like a couple of giant house pets.
The flying scenes in the movie, especially in 3D, make you feel like you're flying along with Hiccup and Toothless. The details to the skies, landscapes and seas are stunning and make you wish you had your own dragon to explore the world.
There are a lot of new dragons, however not all of them are as friendly as Toothless. Some of the more scary moments in the film are with the bigger dragons known as Bewilderbeast. They can be intimidating and violent but thankfully there isn't any gore. Sure, some bad guys get hurt in this film, but there isn't any blood or drawn-out painful deaths.
Among those more serious parts, there is humor courtesy of Gobber (Craig Ferguson), which helped lighten the mood and let the kids know everything is going to be alright.
With new dragons come new friends, namely Hiccup’s mother. When Hiccup, Valka and Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler) reunite, their time together pulls at the heartstrings and is a great moment for families to share.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” gets four out of four stars. Dual storylines between dragons and humans offer fun for both kids and adults.
Kids may not get the adult humor of the film -- like Ruffnut fawning over Eret, son of Eret -- but parents will appreciate it. And who doesn’t love a dragon that acts like a big, goofy cat?
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