How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Movie Review
This is a very interesting, colorful and creative movie; the sequel obviously to the first How To Train Your Dragon film by DreamWorks. The same characters from the first movie have aged five years and the entire village of Berk is completely different than it used to be. The dragons have become part of everything, including the Vikings’ entertainment, such as dragon racing.
Hiccup and Astrid (who are now engaged to be married) are out exploring nearby lands when they encounter a ship of dragon trappers who work for a psychotic man named Drago Bloodfist, who uses mind control to dominate dragons and make them do his will. Hiccup believes that he can somehow convince Drago that dragons are intelligent and gentle creatures if they are treated right, but doesn’t understand who he’s facing and what he’s up against.
Strangely enough, Hiccup’s mother, Valka, – who disappeared when Hiccup was a baby and who everyone believed had been killed by dragons – appears out of the clear blue sky (quite literally) and abducts Hiccup and Toothless and takes them back to her icey cave where she’s been hiding for twenty years. This is what I personally dislike about the storyline. This woman wears a mask and does strange dances, jumps around acting like some kind of ninja, and then is totally different when she takes off her mask. Of course, Hiccup and his mom realize they are mother and son, and start to catch up on things. She immediately, on discovering that she abducted her own son (why on earth she would abduct anyone is still a mystery to me – does she do this regularly?) she wants to give him a tour of her home.
Okay, so, there’s all this excitement of the reunion and they start talking about helping all of the dragons in the known world, and Valka apologizes for leaving him when he was a baby, but justifies it because she’s learned so much about their reptilian friends, so now she can use that to, you know, help the dragons.
I’m a mom, and can’t comprehend taking off and living with reptiles, leaving my child behind like that. My husband doesn’t like when my son watches the movie and I complain about this part of the story, but honestly it just bugs me. The movie seems to want people to believe that there can be a good reason for parents to leave their children and disappear, whether it’s to take care of animals or anything else.
But anyway, there are some other dramatic, shocking, and tear-jerking moments in this movie that grip your emotions. The battle begins when Drago decides to take over Berk while controlling the Alpha dragon who is downright enormous and lives under water. Hiccup has no luck in getting anyone to agree with him on trying to convince Drago to change his mind, thus leading to mass chaos and utter disorder.
If you’re a fan of the first movie (and even the TV series, Dragons: Riders of Berk) then you’d most likely want to watch this sequel. There’s a third sequel in the works, and who knows how things will turn out with Valka and her new role as Hiccup’s mom. One thing I’ll throw into this review before I end it is this: In reality, Astrid and Valka would probably hate each other. The bride-to-be is now having to deal with the “long lost mother” of her husband-to-be and come on, that’s a nightmare scenario. But, we shall see what the third movie is like.