It’s school holidays and that means lots of trips to the movies. First movie off the rank is “How to Train Your Dragon 2”.
The kids really liked “How to Train Your Dragon” so it was only logical we’d take them to see the sequel. It continues to follow the story of Hiccup and his dragon Toothless as they learn to deal with growing up and facing responsibility.
The storyline for this movie was actually not too bad. Hiccup wants to try and stop a tyrant who is amassing dragons for his army and in the process discovers his mum and why she disappeared. The story also delves into the relationship of his parents, who he is and his coming of age forced to take on a role he never really wanted in the first place.
It has a nice balance of dragons and humans sharing the screen and in some ways borrows from the Lion King storyline to force Hiccup (and Toothless his dragon) to take on the responsibilities they are destined to have.
As a sequel it does a nice job of moving the characters further along in their lives and offers just enough action to keep kids happy. There are sad and scary parts to offer children a bit of an emotional roller coaster before the inevitable ending. As with most Dreamworks movies there are a few gags in there for adults to laugh along to as well.
Mitchell, aged 7, liked the movie but didn’t think it was a good as Transformers: Age of Extinction (however remember he is obsessed with Transformers so will be somewhat biased). He also prefers the first movie over this one because he thought the part where someone dies (I won’t spoil) was too sad. He became restless part way through the movie and it wasn’t until the action towards the end he became re-engaged in the story.
Bethany, aged 9, really liked this movie. She loved the ending, especially Toothless the dragon, and felt there was more action in this movie than the previous one. She liked the dragons new and old, especially the “owl” looking dragon.
“I think other kids would like his movie because it is sad and funny at the same time and the flying in 3D felt really realistic” – Bethany
One of the nice things about this movie is it appeals to both girls and boys equally without being too painful for parents to watch either. We all came out having enjoyed the film and the story it told. A good movie to help break up the holidays.