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How to Train Your Dragon 2: A Visual Marvel That Brings the Awe

June 25, 2014

Dragon 2 poster

Awe is lacking in cinema. Very rarely do you watch a film and feel your jaw drop. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a visual marvel that brings the awe and immerses you in beauty. There are so many “Whoa” moments you feel spoiled to be watching something so good. I found myself muttering “holy sh**” as things I didn’t even think could happen on-screen happened. HTTYD2 breaks new ground and adds another impressive chapter to the story of Hiccup and Toothless.

Dragon soaring

Dragon 2 takes you back to the village of Berk where the vikings and winged creatures have learned to coexist. They play games, work together and engage in all forms of hi-jinks. Their peaceful existence seems too good to be true. Before the dragons the Vikings lived a simple existence of surviving and dealing with the dragons. Now, their world has expanded and with that comes more discoveries and attention from the outside world. Some of the discoveries are great while others will result in massive battles.

dragon 2

What I love most about Dragon 2 is it expands the world and stays lean. Everything ties together and isn’t bigger for bigger sake. The world expands because of the ease of travel on-board the dragons. There is a logical progression to the proceedings that feels organic and well thought out. Along his journeys Hiccup finds out that his mom is still alive and has been living in a dragon sanctuary that is protected by a massive alpha. The dragons are being hunted by a madman who wants to control the world via a dragon army. What follows is a whole lot of “whoa” moments and genuine emotions in an animated land of cheeky characters and winged beasts.

How to train your dragon 2 alpha

Sidenote: I very rarely go so heavy on pictures. However, this film is so beautiful I had to show them to get the point across.

I’m not sure why the film has been under performing. It may be dragon fatigue due to the television show or that adults like it more than kids. However, it should be watched on the biggest screen possible and appreciated for its mastery of story and animation. Films like this are absolute treasures that solely want to entertain audiences and give them a pure experience. Joy abounds and creativity is aplenty and hopefully it will be appreciated.

Watch HTTYD2. Enjoy the sights and sounds. Hope for another sequel.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 25, 2014 2:43 pm

    It’s a very grown-up movie that surprisingly also works for kids. Don’t know how that is, but it just is. Good review.

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