Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (review)

As I have stated in my previous post, How To Train Your Dragon is my favorite DreamWork animation ever. It is also one of the movie that I can't wait to see in 2014. Movies that based on a book are generally not as good as the book. But How To Train Your Dragon is the first one that I considered much superior to its source. So with a very high anticipation, I watched this movie 2 weeks ago. You ask what's my opinion about it? Well, apparently ..... wait for it ........ it's awesometacular! This movie made me a little bit crazy that I watched it 2 times in 1 day, both the 2D and 3D version!  The only thing that prevent me from watching it again is the amount of money that left in my bank account. *sigh*

Hiccup become a cool geeky man. That's what you call puberty at its finest!

I want to ride toothless.
People called it the Empires Strikes Back of animation movie. They broaden the world depicted in this movie, they make it more deep with some somber tone without losing its fun. The music is great. Well, even though they make it almost identical with music score from the first movie and also the animation series (Dragons Riders of Berk and Defender of Berk). I love the story too! No wonder Hiccup is a top notch expert in training dragon. It turns out that his mother is Galadriel, eh I mean Valka (laugh). The jokes about Ruffnuff is pretty funny too.

That inferno is pretty cool
What I love most are of course the characters, the visual and the "cinematography" (If we can call it a cinematography in an animation). Hiccup has grown up now, from 15 years old in the first movie to 20 years old in this one. He turns from an awkward, smart, scrawny boy that feels doesn't belong in the viking to a handsome, geeky, cool man with many awesome tools at his disposal. I love his fire Blade or "Inferno". It's clearly inspired by the Lightsaber from the Star Wars series, but rather than produces plasma beam as blade, it produce fire instead. He also doesn't lose his sarcasm and dry sense of humor. One of my favorite Hiccup's phrase in the first movie is:
(Imitating Stoick) "Excuse me, barmaid! I'm afraid you've brought me the wrong offspring! I ordered an extra-large boy with beefy arms, extra guts and glory on the side! This here, this is a talking fish-bone!" 
Ha ha ha. Now he's not a talking fish-bone anymore. He grow taller and look stronger. Some people also called him the Neville Longbottom of animation movie. I almost want him to be my boyfriend. >///<.

In the second movie, Hiccup must learn to man up and takes great responsibility. He also has to learn that there's some people that can't change their mind and personality so not everything can be solve with diplomacy. One of my favorite Hiccup's phrase in the second movie is:
I was so afraid of becoming my father, mostly because I thought I couldn't. Because how do you become someone that great, that brave, that selfless? I guess you just have to try.
 I must admit. I teared up a bit at this scene.

But of course the real star here is none other than the mighty Toothless. The most adorable dragon in whole universe! You can't not love him. Seriously! He's my favorite dragon, even more than Smaug and Saphira. My siblings are big fans of Toothless too! It's pretty rare to have all 4 of us watch the same movie in cinema.

Overall, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a great movie. It also become my favorite animation, more than Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph. I recommend you to watch it in 3D because the special effect is amazing. What about your opinion? Comment below and let me know ^^.

PS: All pictures is not mine. Credit to the owner.


  1. Good review. It was a lovely to look at movie, but what made it even better was by how emotional it could get without being afraid of over-stepping their boundaries. And thankfully, they never did.

    1. Thank you! I'm a big fan of this franchise so I might be biased.^^

  2. The overall fell is darker and much more mature, which is a good thing, especially with the 5 years gap. The animation, is unsurprisingly gorgeous, so is the production design. The action, by cinematography standpoint, is majestic and epic. But one has to expect, with all of those nice additions, you will get something less, especially the story and character developments. Other thing to regret, how under-mixed the beautiful score by John Powell is in the movie, makes the scene anti-climax. Overall, a nice sequel, but just that, not more

  3. Bland, poorly executed, and without any of the charm of the original, How to Train Your Dragon 2 completely missed the mark. Is it darker? Sure. But does the moral ambiguity lead to interesting insight for you or your children? No, not really.

    What was the message of the film? Bad people do bad things and can convince good people to do bad things too? Dragons don't kill people, people kill people? It's okay to abandon your responsibilities?

    And the running gag of the love triangle fell completely flat.

    On the plus side, the 3d was well done.

  4. With multi Oscar-nominated British cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall) advising, DreamWorks' visual work is stunning, but the story feels fragmented by the mixture of strange accents and additional sub-plots.