Train­ing drag­ons great hol­i­day treat

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2-D)

Kapi-Mana News - - MOVIES -

Re­mem­ber that feel­ing of re­turn­ing to a much-loved hol­i­day spot? Pil­ing out of the fam­ily car in a jumble of beach balls, li­los and ten­nis rack­ets, the sun bak­ing your shoul­ders and noth­ing be­tween you and sheer bliss but miles of golden sand?

It’s been a few years, four in fact, since we were first in­tro­duced to the myth­i­cal land of Berk in How To Train Your Dragon (2010), but get­ting to re­turn there in the much-an­tic­i­pated se­quel feels a lot like that. An ab­so­lute de­light.

Vik­ing princeling Hic­cup ( voiced by Jay Baruchel) and Tooth­less, his beloved Night Fury dragon, have been dodg­ing their soon- to- be- chiefly du­ties, ex­plor­ing the lands of Berk. While on their ad­ven­tures they dis­cover dragon trap­pers gath­er­ing the an­i­mals for Drago (Dji­mon Houn­sou), a bru­tal war­lord set on build­ing an un­stop­pable dragon army.

De­ter­mined to talk Drago out of his blood-lust, as he did with his own clan, Hic­cup races to con­vince Drago peace­ful co-habi­ta­tion with the drag­ons is pos­si­ble.

But his plans change when he meets some­one un­ex­pected from his past with the knowl­edge to change his fu­ture.

There is some­thing un­de­ni­ably heart-warm­ing about the drag­on­filled Berk.

The rus­tic world where Vik­ing bravado joy­fully col­lides with Celtic mythol­ogy, based on the books by Cres­sida Cow­ell, is both charm­ing and ex­cit­ing. This sec­ond in­stal­ment in the fran­chise ex­plores Berk, and Hic­cup and Tooth­less’s bond, fur­ther, giv­ing us a sense of a much richer and broader uni­verse than we’d seen be­fore.

The sweep­ing misty vis­tas and end­less rugged coast­lines that lure Hic­cup away from home and hearth – per­fectly ren­dered in Dreamworks’ fault­less an­i­ma­tion – are enough to give any­one wan­der­lust.

The an­i­ma­tion is no less vig­or­ous and ex­pres­sive when it comes to the char­ac­ters.

With his unique blend of com­pas­sion, non­con­for­mity and deeply held prin­ci­ples, Hic­cup is ev­ery­thing you could want in a chil­dren’s hero.

With Baruchel’s

rum­bling, bum­bling voice, and the fact he’s grown up with the film’s au­di­ence – he sports a lit­tle post-pu­berty scruff on his cheeks these days – Hic­cup is very real.

So much so that, when he fi­nally faces down the mighty Drago and his con­vic­tions are tested in the most heart­break­ing way, it’s gen­uinely mov­ing.

If it sounds a lit­tle too rich for some younger view­ers, it might be. Drago and his army are quite hor­ri­fy­ing and the beloved drag­ons are in peril of­ten, so cau­tion is ad­vised for sen­si­tive lit­tlies.

Still, there aren’t many bet­ter ways to spend a rainy school hol­i­day af­ter­noon than vis­it­ing with dear friends in won­drous Berk.

Drag­ons are play­ful, so don’t for­get the beach ball.

Hero with heart: Hic­cup and Tooth­less soar straight back into our hearts in the won­der­ful How To Train Your Dragon 2.

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