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Dragons and Humans co-exist in 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

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'How to Train Your Dragon 2' movie review

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We revisit our old friends in 'How to train your Dragon 2' when the thrilling second chapter of the epic ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless.

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The once fearful dragons are now peaceful friends and incorporated into the village’s everyday life. The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ looks closely at family life and the responsibility and duty that one owes to their family Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is torn between fulfilling his father's (Stoick/Gerard Butler) wishes for him to take over as leader of the village and exploring new land. The film also looks at the dynamic between the father and son. The son is afraid that he cannot fill his father's shoes as a leader.

In his pursuit of new lands, Hiccup happens upon his mother who was believed to be dead. Although, he doesn’t share the same interest as his father, he discovers that he gets his love of dragons from his mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett) a dragon whisperer.

One of the underlying themes is when Toothless realizes that he has within his powers an untapped source of gifts. This strikes a chord for those who do not realize how truly unique and gifted they are.

The crafty folks at DreamWork Animation (USA) have done it again. The vibrant colors on screen add to the detail of the 3D characters. The detail is so crystal clear that they appear as real-life humans instead of animated characters.

There are a few dark moments in the film that might be a little disturbing for younger children. But on the whole the film was able to convey many life lessons. For example, you don't have to be the biggest and strongest to make a difference. The film also emphasizes unity and working together as a team to accomplish a goal.

The cast includes Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is a family-friendly film filled with action and adventure. It is Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor. It has a run time of 102 minutes. The film opens in theaters June 13, 2014, nationwide.

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