In 2010, DreamWorks Animation produced a movie entitled “How to Train Your Dragon” which became an instant success. Now, four years later, a sequel has come around. And “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is definitely an improvement over the first film. This movie does everything right for all the good reasons a sequel should do. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” improves what the first one did in many ways possible.
The story picks up five years after the first one. The vikings of Berk now have a massive supply of dragons that they have tamed and own. This is all thanks to Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) who is now a twenty year old adult who still likes to have fun with his dragon Toothless. One day, while riding with his friend Astrid (America Ferrera), they encounter a group of dragon hunters, who capture dragons for a ruthless man named Drago (Djimon Hounsou). Hiccup must warm the people of Berk about him, but gets swept away from another powerful dragon which leads him to his mother Valka (Cate Blanchett) who is also a dragon tamer as well. Hiccup must decide whether to fight or create peace among both dragons and humans.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” is one league up from its predecessor. For one thing, the animation is definitely improved as the characters and backgrounds really stand out. Even the new dragons here look fantastic; the creative thoughts behind all of these designs are incredible. The music is even more fantastic than ever, creating the perfect blend of both Celtic and Scottish music into one unique combination. The 3D, which made the first movie awesome, is kind of toned down here, but it still looks amazing, even in 2D. The voice acting is great as always, and each performance sounds convincing enough to know who these actors are portraying.
Yet the biggest upgrade is the story. The first one was basically setting up the events for this movie (as well as the TV show). But here, everything is pushed up a notch. For one thing, all the characters are given a major upgrade, especially Hiccup who acts more mature in this one. And there are a lot of moments where the movie can get a little dark, but not too dark. This all applies to the main theme of growing up and changing in the ways that one acts. The first one focused on the philosophical and psychological aspects of the dragons, now here, we see the interactions between both the humans and the dragons, which is a nice contrast.
Overall, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this sequel. It’s on par with the first one in terms of quality. But in terms of story, it is one major step up. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is definitely a sequel worth talking about that overcomes is predecessor in many ways and more. Give this one a chance and fall in love with dragons all over again. Here’s hoping a third movie will be even better.