How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review by Ammar Akhtar

How To Train Your Dragon 2 includes voices from Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, and Gerard Butler. How To Train Your Dragon 2 picks up a little bit after the events of the first one. Hiccup has aged, and his dragon/buddy Toothless has been with him ever since. They both discover an ice cave home to plenty of dragons, but a mad man named Drago wants to take them all to build a dragon army. Along the way, Hiccup finds out many secrets that he never knew.

This movie was absolutely amazing. It was one of the few animated movies this year, and so far it's my favorite among the few. 

First off, the setting was visually breathtaking. It felt as if the places I saw were real. They didn't feel animated in any way. Also, the action scenes were absolutely brilliant. They feel as if you would actually see them in a real live action movie. It's one of the few animated movies to capture action very well.

Secondly, the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless is great. It's as if they are best friends, and having their backs for one another. That may seem really cliche, but it's true. It's similar to the relationship between Woody and Buzz in Toy Story. It does go in an unexpected turn though, but in a very great way. Without spoiling anything, I thought this part was the best out of the whole entire movie. It really struck a major conflict between these two characters that I loved. It was emotional and powerful.

Speaking of emotional, a lot of the scenes in the movie were emotionally powerful. For example, we find out that Hiccup's mother is alive (not a huge spoiler though). When Hiccup's father sees her, it was pooring with emotion. It was so powerful, sad, and happy to see these two just by the way they talk. That's not the only time in which the emotions are raised though. The film has it's bright moments of these teary and happy scenes which bring a greater element to the movie.

Overall, How To Train Your Dragon 2 was brilliant. It's everything I wanted it to be. It had some important themes about family and responsibility which were communicated perfectly. Along with that, it had some great visuals that almost felt real. Along with that, it had intense, action-packed scenes. If that doesn't make you super-excited, then I don't know what will!

MY SCORE: 9/10