How to Train Your Dragon 2

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How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dean DeBlois (2014)

97min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Picking up a few years after the first exciting adventure, this sturdy sequel finds teenage Viking Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon pal Toothless exploring lands far from their home village, and meeting a dizzying array of friends, foes and family members, both dragon and human. It's a story crammed with set pieces that exploits the 3D format with maximum inventiveness, all aerial battles and coming-at-you swoops, although in some ways the quieter, character-led moments are the most effective ones. Arguably, there are a few too many characters but the addition of Hiccup's long-lost mother Valka (Cate Blanchett) as a sort of Dian Fossey-like dragon-whisperer is welcome. All in all, it's less kiddie-friendly than the 2010 original, being sadder and darker (think Bambi), but it has a richness that's highly compelling, especially in the way it explores the complex relationship between man and beast.

Summary

Young Viking Hiccup has successfully persuaded his people to live in peace with dragons, but now faces a new threat from a warlord who is capturing the flying lizards to build an army. As Hiccup tries to keep the peace, he is reunited with his long-lost mother. Animated adventure sequel, with the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Cate Blanchett.

Cast & Crew

Hiccup Jay Baruchel
Valka Cate Blanchett
Stoick Gerard Butler
Gobber Craig Ferguson
Drago Djimon Hounsou
Astrid America Ferrera
Snotlout Jonah Hill
Fishlegs Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Tuffnut T J Miller
Ruffnut Kristen Wiig
Eret Kit Harington
Director Dean DeBlois
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Jul 2014
Drama Children's