How to Train Your Dragon 2 Reviews

November 29, 2017
Sequelitis means that there's no high-flying good times with How to Train Your Dragon 2.
October 8, 2015
More alarming are the regressive messages about gender and race the film subliminally projects.
November 13, 2014
It's as beautifully animated as its predecessor, but its mixed message is troubling: It begins by endorsing nonviolence, as Hiccup insists that friendship can be a more powerful motivator than force, but ends by bludgeoning the bad guys into submission.
July 11, 2014
Only for those addicted to video games and the Transformer series. The original was bright, funny and inventive. The sequel not so.
June 26, 2014
I think that's what's wrong with this. The minor characters don't emerge from this at all. I'm hard pressed to discern one from the other.
June 22, 2014
It might ramp up the action and the emotional ties in the story but does very little with the original's main attribute: originality.
June 19, 2014
Unable to settle on any one story idea in particular, writer-director Dean DeBlois throws in three or four, which intersect at odd moments, like cars at a busy intersection, refusing to give the right of way, so that no one ends up going anywhere fast.
June 19, 2014
The most distinctive thing about the series is its strictly rational handling of fantasy themes. The dragons themselves can be fearsome or adorable - but since they don't speak, they're treated for the most part as pieces of hardware or beasts of burden.
June 13, 2014
In the bigger is better world of Hollywood sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes up short. It lacks the novelty of the original and tries too hard to be "about" something more than fun.
June 13, 2014
As with the Ice Age sequels, situations may change and characters may come and go, but the central characters and relationships forged in the first film have become static.
June 13, 2014
This was not a sequel that anybody needed, outside of the accountants. And there's another already planned.
June 12, 2014
It's just a bummer that such a pretty package lacks any real substance.
June 12, 2014
'Bigger' pretty much describes this sequel to the 2010 sleeper hit - as opposed to, say, 'different.'
June 12, 2014
The plot is unfocused and jumbled, borrowing elements from other fantasy movies without bringing them together into a cohesive whole.
June 10, 2014
It has the core of a genuine crowd-pleaser, but unfortunately something bigger and more all-consuming keeps getting into its head.