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HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 10:45 16/07/2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2

WILD RIDE: Hiccup and Toothless saddle up for more exhilarating action in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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MOVIE REVIEW: How To Train Your Dragon 2. Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler; directed by Dean Deblois

I cried in a kids' movie. I admit it.

But How to Train Your Dragon 2 got me all caught up in the moment.

Superbly written with wonderful characters, it was hard not to feel like I was watching Braveheart for kids.

A big call, I know.

I was a big fan of the wildly popular How to Train Your Dragon (2010), so was concerned the sequel would be a massive disappointment.

But within minutes I had forgotten my worries and fallen in love with dragons and Vikings all over again.

Set five years after the first film, the sequel follows hero Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his Night Fury dragon Toothless as they attempt to discover the world outside their home on the island of Berk.

Hiccup's father Stoick (Gerard Butler), chief of the village, has told Hiccup he wants to retire, prompting the nervous heir to fly further than he has before.

During his soul-searching flight, he discovers an icy island, home to a mysterious dragon rider (Cate Blanchett).

The writers of How to Train Your Dragon 2 seem to have recognised that fans of the first film have aged, and so have produced a slightly darker film with some sad moments.

But hilarious one liners gave relief from the seriousness, and gave me time to dash the tears from my cheeks before everyone in the cinema noticed.

I was particularly impressed with how much they expanded on the characters of the dragons. I couldn't decide whether they were given personalities similar to dogs or cats, but did find myself thinking of my pets at home when Toothless played with other dragons.

The soundtrack from composer John Powell was stunning, and fitted the Viking theme perfectly.

All in all a great flick, and a must-see for you and your kids.

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- The Southland Times

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