How to Train Your Dragon 2 (****)
Dragons are awesome
Dragon trackers are d-bags
Power can deceive
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. We didn't jump on the How to Train Your Dragon bandwagon until long after the first movie had gone to DVD/BluRay, but once we did finally watch it, both the mister and I totally fell for its charm. And Toothless, natch.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 picks up on the island kingdom of Berk five years after the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless began. The vikings have taken to their dragons quickly, and treat them like part of the family. Stoick is attempting to groom Hiccup to take his place as chief when he retires, but Hiccup would rather go exploring and adventuring with Toothless. On one such adventure, the duo come across a set of dragon trappers ... and a mysterious dragon rider who might be more than meets the eye.
Before I get into the why, let me say: How to Train Your Dragon 2 is adorable. It has a great humor that rides the line between childlike and adult so well. The main characters—particularly Hiccup, Astrid and their crew—are endearing. I think it's hilarious that the actors that voice the
The stars of the movie, however, are definitely the dragons. I want my own Toothless SO BAD. The CGI was also great, both technologically and visually; I'd love to visit some of the places Hiccup and Toothless visit, regardless of their historical inaccuracy/fantastical nature.
I'd highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed the first one, or anyone who wants to enjoy a carefree time at the movies.