Film Review: How to Train your Dragon 2

The long-awaited sequel for the Oscar nominated film “How to Train your Dragon” is finally here. Directed and written by Dean DeBlois, this sequel has been given 8.4 stars out of 10 on IMDb. The film follows the story of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his new best friend Toothless after 5 years of friendship. The dragons who were pests are now the loving pets of the Isle of Berk. Trouble starts  and it’s up to Hiccup and Toothless to save the day.

Jaime Martin

Jaime Martin

I interviewed Jamie Martin who recently saw this film and he gave it 9 out of 10 stars, he also said “(How to Train your Dragon 2) is a fantastic animated feature.” Jamie watched How to Train your Dragon 2 as he enjoyed the first one and he was curious to see how the sequel was presented as sequels usually disappoint fans.

Jamie also said that if he could change something about the film, he would get rid of the cliché most animators use which is presenting the creatures or animals in animated films as dogs. “(Toothless) acts like a dog to look cute, similarly in Frozen the animator presented the deer like a dog, to make it look cute”. Jamie also commented on the voice direction, he thought Hiccup’s mother and father showed strong emotion and he was impressed with the voice acting, however, he thought Hiccup’s voice did not mature at all even though it is set 5 years after the first movie and everything about him has matured.

The main character Hiccup 5 years after the first film.

The main character Hiccup 5 years after the first film.

Overall, Jamie Martin was pleased with How to Train your Dragon 2 and he thought that the sequel was surprising pleasant. The film gives more insight into the back story of Hiccup and his family; has a dark twist and overall is much better than the first film. I am a massive fan of How to Train your Dragon. However, I am not a fan of going to cinemas, buying overpriced popcorn and having to deal with uncomfortable seats. So I will sit at home quietly and wait for the sequel to come out on DVD. This is definitely a film worth waiting for and I cannot wait to watch it myself.


About Angel Mika

I'm a second-year student in Portsmouth university studying Film Industries and Creative Writing.
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