How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Director: Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera

Cast: Dean DeBlois, Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera

     
 

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Dragons and vikings have finally made peace, but when the villainous Drago plots a massive invasion, it's up to Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel) and Toothless to save the day in this sequel from DreamWorks Animation.

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Dragons and vikings have finally made peace, but when the villainous Drago plots a massive invasion, it's up to Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel) and Toothless to save the day in this sequel from DreamWorks Animation.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
How to Train Your Dragon became an unexpected smash in 2010, in large part because it had such a unique look. The sequel, directed by Dean DeBlois (who co-directed the original with Chris Sanders), maintains the visual panache of the first movie, but it would have been as much fun to actually watch as it is to look at if the filmmakers had spent more time on the screenplay. Jay Baruchel returns as the voice of the now 20-year-old Hiccup, who is resisting the efforts of his father Stoick (Gerard Butler) to get him to take over as leader of the Vikings who populate Berk, a place where dragons and humans peacefully coexist. When Hiccup discovers that the evil Drago (Djimon Hounsou) is amassing a dragon army in order to attack Berk, the idealistic young man attempts to find a diplomatic solution. Stoick insists that Drago is impossible to reason with, but that doesn't stop Hiccup from setting off on his mission. Along the way, he encounters Valka (Cate Blanchett), his long-lost mother who left Berk when he was just a baby. She has spent the last 20 years creating a dragon sanctuary by using her natural ability to tame the fire-breathing beasts -- a skill that Hiccup has inherited. Stoick soon finds both of them, and the clan enjoys a tender reconciliation. However, their warm family time is cut short when Drago arrives with an alpha dragon under his control. Alpha dragons can impose their will on other beasts, and soon Hiccup's best mate and loyal dragon Toothless is attacking him, his family, and all of the other Vikings. As with the first entry in the series, the visuals here are absolutely marvelous. Ace cinematographer Roger Deakins (working here as a consultant) helps deliver a darker palate than we expect from family-friendly animated films, and instead of looking muddy, the images have a Rembrandt-like quality to them -- even when the viewer is wearing 3D glasses. The story for How to Train Your Dragon 2, on the other hand, poses a number of problems -- particularly a lack of momentum. Sequels shouldn't have to spend a great deal of time on backstory; we know the characters and their basic situation in life, so the plot should begin quickly. But there's so much new material to cover regarding the histories of Drago and Valka that it feels like an hour passes before there's anything at stake. As good as the visuals are, they can't hide the cracks in the film's pacing. However, since we saw this visual artistry the first time around, the most interesting thing about How to Train Your Dragon 2 is that it (perhaps unconsciously) echoes opinions voiced in the debate over gun rights. At one point, Valka tells Hiccup that a good dragon will do bad things if controlled by a bad person, which doesn't sound too far removed from "dragons don't kill people, people kill people." The climax of the movie underscores this when sheer firepower rather than diplomacy wins the day, and Hiccup tells us that Berk will survive because of their dragons. In this world, it seems that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a dragon is a good guy with a dragon. Regardless of your political stance, it's fascinating that such a hot-button topic would show up as subtext in a big-budget, family-friendly Hollywood film. All of this will go over the heads of the kids in the audience, who have spent the last four years loving these characters and their adventures. The tykes who imagine themselves swishing through the clouds on a fire-breathing beast will be thrilled to have a new ride, and movie-loving parents will appreciate the artistry of the lighting schemes. It's just a bummer that such a pretty package lacks any real substance.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2014
UPC:
0024543914839
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
PG
Source:
Dreamworks Animated
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
7,830

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Baruchel Hiccup
Gerard Butler Stoick
America Ferrera Astrid
Jonah Hill Snotlout
Christopher Mintz-Plasse Fishlegs
Craig Ferguson Gobber
Kristen Wiig Ruffnut
T.J. Miller Tuffnut
Kit Harington Eret, Son of Eret
Cate Blanchett Valka
Djimon Hounsou Drago Bludvist
Andrew Ableson Ug
Gideon Emery Teeny
Simon Kassianides No-Name

Technical Credits
Dean DeBlois Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Kevin Andrus Animator
Manuel Aparicio Animator
Bonnie Arnold Producer
Joe Bowers Animator
Laurent Caneiro Animator
John K. Carr Editor
Nayoun Kim Charoenchal Animator
Michael Connolly Co-producer
Michelle Cowart Animator
Doug Davison Co-producer
Lou Dellarosa Animator
Bill Diaz Animator
Adam Dotson Animator
Leslee Feldman Casting
Mollie Gamo Casting
Dave Hardin Animator
Andrew Harkins Animator
Jennifer E. Harlow Animator
Christi Soper Hilt Casting
Martin P. Hopkins Animator
Rebecca Huntley Production Manager
Leif Jeffers Animator
Dinesh Krishnan-Nair Production Manager
Tommie Löfqvist Animator
Rani Naamani Animator
John Powell Score Composer
Roy Lee Co-producer
Chris Sanders Executive Producer
Milind D. Shinde Production Manager
John Swanson Production Manager
Pierre-Olivier Vincent Production Designer
Zhaoping Wei Art Director
Sara Zebrack Casting

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