Movie review by Rashid Irani: How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a fun-filled ride

  • hiccup

    When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends ...

  • Jay Baruchel

    Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup while Cate Blanchett is the voice of Valka. Gerard Butler lends his voice to Stoick.

  • guy on dragon

    It has been five years since Hiccup and the friendly dragon Toothless united Vikings and dragons and a new story is about to unfold.

  • flying

    It is their chance to again come to the rescue and forge friendships.

  • dragons talking

    Will they manage to enthrall us second time over? Wait for the answers as the film releases June 13.

Four years after their inaugural animated adventure, the teenage Viking (Baruchel, reprising his voice role) and his domesticated dragon (who still doesn’t speak) soar through the skies again.

Read How to Train Your Dragon 2 nails it, again

Adapted, as was the original, from the series of children’s stories by the British author Cressida Cowell, How To Train Your Dragon 2 combines captivating characters, luminous visuals and an ace vocal cast.

Direction: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett
Running Time: 105 minutes
Rating: 3

This time, the plucky youngster and his reptile companion are up against a formidable new foe (dubbed in appropriately menacing tones by Djimon Hounsou) that poses a threat to the kingdom’s peace-loving population.

Our hero’s long-lost mother (Blanchett, a valuable addition to the voice line-up) fetches up to help her family vanquish the warmongers.

A pacifist message is sought to be conveyed almost as an afterthought. Moreover, the climactic battle between rival alpha dragons is more tedious than thrilling.

From the weeny ones to the colossi, the dragons are animated with a scintillating colour palette. The human characters too are rendered entrancingly, courtesy Roger Deakins who is credited as visual consultant. Overall, How To...2 is a fun-filled ride for the young at heart Dragon-lovers.


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