Hiccup and Toothless are all grown-up.
And it really works.
The first installment of this franchise was one of our favorite-all-time movies...so, we were very eager to see How To Train Your Dragon 2 and headed to the theater on opening night.
Five years have passed and life with the dragons is going well on the Viking island of Berk. But, suddenly, there is a new threat: Drago (Djimon Hounsou), the villain, is planning to take-over the world and capture all dragons.
As the story plays-out, Hiccup (a very appealing Jay Baruchel) meets his mother, who had left him as a baby to protect dragons. This touching storyline will likely open kids' eyes about the complexity of life, the ramifications of our choices and, ultimately, human forgiveness and understanding. Played by Cate Blanchett, who has a simply mesmerizing voice, Valka is a valuable addition to the plot.
The flying scenes are gorgeous, especially the ones involving the sky and the ocean...and make the most of 3D technology.
There is a very sad event...one that caused our 8 year old to well-up with tears. This review from the Huffington Post calls it, "the most traumatic death of an animated character since Bambi's mother died." It may be too mature for a small child.
But, all in all, our boys, ages 10 and 8, loved this creative continuation of their beloved flick....which provided a nice family night at the cinema.
Have you seen this summer movie?
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