How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Directed by Dean DeBlois. Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Djimon Hounsou.

Decent Films Ratings

Entertainment Value
Value (+4/-4)
? +1-2
?Kids & Up*

External Ratings


Content advisory: Much intense animated fantasy violence; some scary images; the death of a major character; complex family situations; brief mildly risqué humor; a few Norse polytheistic references.

From a National Catholic Register review

By Steven D. Greydanus

“This is Berk,” Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) announced five years ago. Twice, in fact, at the beginning and the end of How to Train Your Dragon. That kind of “This is me” opening narration was already a cliché at the time, but by now it’s practically an epidemic.

Five years later, in both real time and movie time, Hiccup is back to tell us again, “This is Berk.” Two more times.

Memo to the filmmakers: We know it’s Berk. The first film was a hit, and the sequel, it’s safe to say, will be a monster hit. (There’s no real competition; How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the only major animated release this entire summer, not counting DisneyToons’ Planes: Fire & Rescue. Pixar has nothing this entire year.) Please, for the inevitable third film, let’s have something different. Six Jay Baruchel “This is Berk” monologues is more than anyone needs.

The first film related how Hiccup changed his village’s way of life forever, winning the love of the girl of his dreams, the approval of his authoritarian father and the respect of everyone in town — not to mention the loyalty of his magnificent new draconian friend, Toothless.

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Tags: Debilitating Sequelitis, DreamWorks Animation, How to Train Your Dragon, Action, Animation, Family

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