Sequels are often debated upon. With some films, it is better if they are stand-alone, as when a sequel is created it has to try and beat the quality of the first film, and sometimes this isn’t possible. Or maybe the first film was so awful that not even a sequel can bring it back. The first How to Train Your Dragon film was, let’s face it, incredible. And just when you think a sequel could never meet the high standards set by the first, How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes along and completely surpassed the first one. .
The animation is first-rate. Dreamworks have succeeded in not only creating an outstanding film but have competed against the likes of Pixar and, frankly, excelled in what some are calling their Renaissance period of the studio. Everything is so clear, so detailed, that it completely immerses you as though you were actually there. In addition, the voice actors such as Jay Baruchel and America Ferra return to make this film epic. It is a wonder how they manage to keep the voices exactly the same as they were in the first film, and Cate Blanchett is a great addition to an already stellar cast.
So yes, HTTYD2 teaches children key things that they should keep through life. But it is also greatly entertaining. Like the first film, there are hilarious moments of humour, juxtaposed beside moments of sadness, violence, war, happiness, excitement, adrenaline. The plot is a perfect mix of emotional output, action and entertaining scenes to create a brilliant film that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
With an amazing voice cast, brilliant plot-lines, humour, emotion, fabulous visuals; animation and great morals, How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes you on an emotional roller-coaster that you never want to end, and it is one of the best films of 2014.