How To Train Your Dragon 2 Saturday, 04 April 2020

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Hiccup's where it left off.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington

  • Directed by:

    Dean DeBlois

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are killed, shot with tranquiliser darts, thrown through the air, shouldered, hit with objects, frozen, near-drowned, knocked over, punched, bound, trapped, threatened, shot at (arrows), face-palmed, sat on, throat-grabbed. Characters fall from great heights, crash into the ground, fall through an ice lake, dangle precariously. Play-fighting, breathing/shooting fire, sharp teeth, roaring. Explosives, fire balls, epic battle sequences. Objects are crushed, damaged, set alight. Burning building/only one survivor mentioned. Blood/gore: A creature is gored. Bloody gash across chin. Skull motifs, scar, missing limbs, sliced wing, blindness. Corpse (beneath blanket).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, ogling, hand-holding.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Characters are hypnotised, sedated.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Gender, marriage, Viking, obesity stereotypes. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Dragon riding, dragon racing, fire-breathing, flight, family, mapping, death, grief, hypnosis, Vikings, stubbornness, teamwork, victory, friendship, exploration, war, ignorance, understanding, forgiveness, reunions, consequences, disability, conservationism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father. Funeral. Estranged mother mentioned. Flocks of birds, sheep, dragons, winged sea creatures, scary masked figure, fish, waterfall. Drumstick, fish eaten. Fur, animal pelt worn. Licking, bottom-sniffing, saliva, regurgitation. High sweeping aerials. Based on the books by Cressida Cowell.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Exciting, confident, complete, satisfying, dramatic, upsetting, worthy, delightful, fast-paced, gleeful, smart, funny, serious, stirring, earnest, unflinching, dark, complex, intense. Impressive use of the freedom of animation, astonishingly beautiful/expressive flight scene, lush/gorgeous/surreal/dense visuals, impressive sense of scale, excellent high-profile voice cast, thematically focused story, vivid world, terrific creature design, commendable message, superbly crafted, characters evolve, frightening moments are not sugar-coated, gripping action sequences, spectacular use of 3D, outstanding attention to detail, even better than the first.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Disconnected, complicated, half-baked, repetitive, meandering. Mother reunion storyline is handled too dismissively, lacklustre villain, dragons dumbed down, overarching plot.

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