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.