How to Train Your Dragon 2 Reviews
There's a few nitpicks that I have, such as some odd pacing, and a few cliches that are mildly distracting as well as a deus ex machina that gets pulled out of nowhere at the end, but overall still a fun film experience
Weaknesses: Some of the comedy misses the mark. Kristen Wiig (Ruffnut) and TJ Miller (Tuffnut) are both funny actors, but the stuff involving their characters never hit. They aren‚(TM)t big characters, but they‚(TM)re meant to be funny and it doesn‚(TM)t work. As noted, the big battle is the highlight so the third act that comes after it feels lackluster. It needed to be bigger to follow what we had just witnessed.
Overall: This would be a truly special animated film with a better final 15 minutes. It still does more than enough to be great and is about on par with the first installment.
The twist felt predictable, not in this movie but some sort of movie in the future from the first one. As we had no mention of her in the first one. The only reason I liked it was that they made it so her and Hiccups' father bonded with each other. It gave us a connection to both of them so it could make an attempt to an emotional ending - it would've worked if they made the moment where he died and the ending, shorter. The dragons were way more entertaining. Instead of having fire breathing for every cool looking dragons, they created more abilities. Such as ice breath, telepathy, and turning into a wheel of fire. It made the final fight scene much more exciting and intense. The villain's origin was not good. There was hardly any.
The cinematography was exceptional. The giant dragon felt the same as number one, but with two fighting each other. Also, that fight between them was so lazy and used death as a plot device. If you look in the background they are just touching each other's tusks. The score felt too loud and I could just make out the characters talking. The guy with the tattooed 'beard' was a very bad character. And was just there for a helping hand to repair the films plot holes. The film is better than the last but still isn't as immeasurable as Toy Story.
How to Train Your Dragon will amuse you, make you laugh, and, most importantly, make you cry. This story truly shines in its slower moments; in the moments where these characters show their humanity and connect them to us. All amplified by an emotionally powerful score.
How to Train Your Dragon is not only a fantastic movie, but also a fantastic sequel that does almost everything right. And as much as I adore Big Hero 6, this movie totally got snubbed at the Oscars. Thank goodness the Golden Globes exist.