How To Train Your Dragon 2
Back to Berk
Release Date: 17 November
2014 | PG | Blu- ray/ DVD Director: Dean DeBlois Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler Though it bore only a passing resemblance to the novels it was nominally based on, How To Train Your Dragon was the best thing DreamWorks has yet made, offering convincing evidence that the company is now as good as Pixar. Deviating from the books was the right decision for that first entry: the books didn’t start by telling the tale of how dragons were tamed, and this made for a neater and more satisfying story. Unfortunately, there’s no similarly neat story for the sequel.
Pitting our heroes against an evil hunter who’s building a dragon army to conquer the world, it’s good entertainment, funny, and has loads of dragon action. The hard work that went into designing the creatures continues to pay off – they’re wonderfully appealing. Visually, it’s incredible, its huge vistas brilliantly realised. It also introduces a great new character in Valka, the long- lost mother of our hero, Hiccup ( although Cate Blanchett’s accent wanders), and has a pleasingly unsentimental side to it. But it doesn’t quite hit the spot the first film did. Extras: Commentary by the director and three of his colleagues; four good kid- friendly featurettes, each presented by a different character and exploring a different aspect of the film’s world; a thing about the dragon races; the usual Making Of, deleted scenes, trailers and gallery.
Also out: another volume of DreamWorks Dragons, featuring the final ten episodes of second season Defenders Of Berk.
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