Dreamworks might be one of biggest animated studios in the business today, but they seem to be having problems finding another major hit. While their recent films have not all together failed ( well aside from Turbo), the new films from Dreamworks have not been considered instant classics. So in this time of need, Dreamworks does the only thing it can do and release a sequel to one of their animated blockbuster. What story has Dreamworks continued? Why none then the adventure of Hiccup and his scaling friend Toothless as they take to the skies in How To Train Your Dragon 2.
In 2010, How To Train Your Dragon came to a surprise to most moviegoers (or maybe just me) as the film capture audience with its heartfelt story and terrific animation. Four years later, the tale of viking and dragons finally continue; but is it enough to get Dreamworks out of their rut? Financially I cannot say; but critically, this sequel has something to offer.
The film takes place five years after the events of the first film. As life in Berk flourishes with pet dragons, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) is reluctant to become the next chief of the village. However those fears are put on hold when word of the vile Drago Bludvist comes to Berk. In order to prevent a war, Hiccup sets off to stop the dragon hunter. However he and Toothless' journey leads them to a revelation that will change Berk, and Hiccup, forever.
As sequels go, How To Train Your Dragon 2 had a great continuing plot. While five years have past Dragons. The story plays with a lot deep themes like change and family. While these concepts would be pass by in your common animated movie, this film does not fear away from treating its audience seriously. Sure, there is still plenty of charm in this story, and sense of adventure. However, when it comes right down to it, it is the ideals of the plot that glue everything together; much like what its predecessor did in the 2010.
between the two films, I had no problem getting situated back in the world of
Much like the story's ability to grow up, so too have the characters of How To Train Your Dragon. While Hiccup is still awkward and naive, I could tell that this character has matured since the first film. Actually, Baruchel's performance showed a range that I have never had the privilege of seeing from this actor. While Hiccup is our main protagonist, he is only as good as his trusty dragon. While this character has no speaking line, Toothless once again caught my attention through his expression and engaging characteristics. The other returning characters might not have had as much development as Hicupp, but they still work as a great supporting cast. From Gerald Butler's gruff Stoick, to Colin Ferguson's hilarious Gobber and America Ferrera's energetic Astrid, it was great to see that all the returning characters were able to standout as they brought something to the overall cast.
For Dragon fans, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is everything you can hope for, and little more. This sequel takes everything from story to animation to a new level; but it never forgets what made the first film so special. To put it simply: How To Train Your Dragon 2 is wonderful continuation and it shows why this series is among the best of Dreamworks Animation.