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Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Plot Synopsis: When Hiccup (Jay Baruchel, voice)
and Toothless discover an ice cave that
is home to hundreds of new wild dragons
 and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the
two find themselves at the center of a
battle to protect the peace.
DreamWorks Animation
Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes
Rated: PG (for adventure action and some mild rude
Director: Dean DeBlois
Writers: Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler
Animation | Action | Adventure
The sequel to How To Train Your Dragon is itself a fantastic production from DreamWorks Animation, giving us both a backstory and augmentation to the lovely events that preceded it. It's a surefire crowd-pleaser.

This one features new dragons, some twisty new protagonists, and a new fiercesome competing tribe led by a ruthless conquerer (Djimon Hounsou, voice) who seeks to subvert dragon powers for his own dictatorial purposes, and the emergence of Hiccup's mother (Cate Blanchette, voice).
It's nearly everything a sequel should be, minus some not so soothing pacing, and what seems to be more of a teenaged appeal.

This one doesn't quite offer up the succinct focus as what we received the first time around, but the adorable characters remain as enchanting as ever.


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