How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson Movie Review

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)   3/53/53/53/53/5

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Dragon Fodder

Since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk things have changed with dragon races being the favourite pastime of everyone. But when the inseparable friends head off into uncharted territory they come across an ice cave, home to some angry Vikings as they are dealing with wild dragons and also the mysterious Dragon Rider. Now Hiccup and Toothless must work together to stand up for what they believe in and protect the harmony between man and dragon.

Back when I reviewed the first "How to Train Your Dragon" I feared I might be suffering from animation burnout as I was not as entertained by it as others were. And now a couple of years later as I prepared to watch the sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2" I found myself struggling to remember anything about the first movie with even the characters not coming back to me that easily. Why do I mention this? Well because "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is the equal of the first movie but in my case that means whilst sort of entertaining in the moment as I watched, it didn't make me want to watch it again and I knew like with the first movie I would forget it.

But of course I am not the young child who I am sure "How to Train Your Dragon 2" was intended for and if I was to sit here with a list of things I expected from an animation it would tick many a box. The story is simple to follow, it has some subtle lessons in there for the young audience as well as of course plenty of comedy. And it has to be said that the animation work in "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is at times beautiful. But once again the characters did little for me and not once did I ever forget I was watching an animation which is what I always hope for.

What this all boils down to is that "How to Train Your Dragon 2" probably does impress those who were fond of the first movie but for me whilst entertaining it was also forgettable, failing to really draw me in to the story and the characters.