How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Visually Stunning Spectacle Sequel



This sequel to How to Train Your Dragon is part 2 of a trilogy based on the award-winning books by Cressida Cowell and takes you to the next level with visually stunning animation. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, the story builds on the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless who have to work in unison to stand up for what they believe is right and protect the peace. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Jeremy B., age 7 comments, “This is an awesome movie… I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is suspenseful and funny.” Haley P, age 11 adds, “The movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 is absolutely spectacular and even more improved than the first one…(it) is definitely a mind blowing journey and I love it. See their full reviews below.


How to Train Your Dragon 2

Reviewed by Jeremy B., age 7, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an awesome animation! It is adventurous, funny, and suspenseful. The producer (Bonnie Arnold) does a great job keeping everyone on the edge of their seats throughout the whole film.


How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an incredible sequel to the first movie.  It is a 3D animation about a boy named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon, Toothless (Randy Thom), who are trying to stop a bad Viking named Drago (Djimon Hounsou) from capturing all the dragons and making an army out of them. Hiccup and his friends must work together in a battle to protect the peace.


This movie has you feeling many different emotions throughout the film.  It is suspenseful, funny and even a little bit sad.  The amount of thrilling scenes in this film is incredible.  I kept wondering if Hiccup and his friends were going to get caught when they went on all their adventures.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 is also very funny.  All the characters and the dragons have a good sense of humor.  The characters scripts are hilarious and the dragons have very comical body language.  The animation in this film is also amazing. The 3D animators do a great job with the special effects.  The dragons look like they are popping out right in front of you! My favorite part of the movie is when the two alpha dragons fight with each other.  I like it because the special effects make it look like it is happening right in front of me.  Like I could reach out and touch them!


How to Train Your Dragon 2 has a great message.  It shares with us that you have to believe in yourself if you want to accomplish big goals or dreams.  This message is used a couple times with a couple different characters throughout the film.


I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars because it is suspenseful and funny.  Kids and adults will love it, especially those who love fantasies with dragons and Vikings.  I recommend How to Train Your Dragon 2 for children ages 8 and up. This is a movie the whole family can enjoy.


How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Reviewed by Haley P., Age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

The movie How to Train Your Dragon 2 is absolutely spectacular and even more improved than the first one.  It is a battle between peace and dragon domination or in today’s world, as I see it, the battle between good and evil.  This movie is definitely a mind blowing journey and I love it.


The plot begins when Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless (Randy Thom) go exploring.  They find an old city that looks like an ice explosion and run into unfriendly dragon trappers who try to attack them and steal Toothless.  They claim that a man named Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) is going to overcome all the dragons and achieve world domination.  Bludvist is a very evil man.  However, Hiccup has some peace making he wants to do with Drago instead.  The good in Hiccup makes him want to restore peace in the land.  Hiccup’s determination for peace costs him both happiness and disappointment. However, in the end Hiccup finds out what his true destiny is.


My favorite part is when Hiccup runs into his long lost mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett).  Everything immediately falls right into place.  It turns out that Hiccup receives his peace making personality and love for dragons from his mother. They have a lot of things in common with each other.


All the dragons, I mean characters do a fabulous job and play each part well.  My favorite human character is Hiccup because he is determined to make peace and show that dragons can be as loyal as humans. My favorite dragon character is Toothless. He proves his loyalty and stands up for Hiccup no matter what it may cost.  The moral of this story is not to judge someone negatively before you get to really know him.


This movie is a good fit for ages 8 through 18.  Both boys and girls will enjoy this action packed movie because it includes emotion as well as adventure with many unexpected turn of events. Therefore, I rate this movie a five out of five “dazzling” stars!  How to Train your Dragon 2 is playing in theaters now.


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