Following on from 2010’s box office hit, How to Train Your Dragon, the sequel opens five years later, meaning that our hero Hiccup (Baruchel) is now an adult (20 years old to be exact). Just as Hiccup’s facial hair has grown, so too has an adventurous streak that sees him declining his father’s request for him to become head of the Berk Viking clan, in favour of some exploratory trips farther afield.
While exploring the world and marking new territories, Hiccup (and his really cool telescoping fire sword) stumbles upon a group of dragon catchers who inform him that a warlord by the name of Drago (Hounsou), is building a dragon army. Will Hiccup be able to save the day once again?
The production design is spectacular and complimented by rich and colourful storytelling. The 3D animation is lively and slick, with some of the most impressive scenes coming from the aerial battles and beach side invasions.
The sequel still maintains the heart and charm of the first film, but the heat is turned up a notch, with some incredible action sequences and mind-blowing oversized dragons.
The voice cast is magnificent, with Kristen Wiig’s character Ruffnut providing some giggles. Djimon Hounsou steals the show as the film’s main villain, while Blanchett plays the part of Hiccup’s returning mother with warmth and compassion. America Ferrera is as delightful as ever as Astrid, while Gerard Butler strikes the right balance between brusque and sincere as Hiccup’s dad.
The score from John Powell is energetic and magical, and will have you whistling your way out of the cinema.
Unfortunately, the death of a major character and some dramatic choices in the script may leave your little ones a little teary-eyed, or else questioning you about the meaning of life in the car journey on the way home.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a rare sequel that will have you counting down the days until the box set is on sale.
Roll on HTTYD3!