When we last left Hiccup and Toothless in Burke it was a pastoral paradise for dragons. Hiccup, Jay Baruchel, had finally made peace with his father, Stoick, Gerard Butler when he convinced him that they could live in harmony with the dragons instead of hunting them. It was a dragon’s paradise. In part two, Hiccup, Toothless and all the dragons are threatened by Drago, Djimon Hounsou, who is a dragon hunter that not only hunts dragons but uses them to create a dragon army of his own.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” has much to offer. It is extremely kid friendly. (No swearing, nudity or excessive violence). The CGI in it is beautiful, containing flying sequences which are breathtaking along with the intricate gadgets that Hiccup invents, to help him fly. Hiccup’s gear contains a very cool mask, map and other items that that will undoubtedly hail the coming of action figures and MacDonald’s Happy Meal toys. That being said, there is a joyous and adventurous spirit that pervades the film leaving both young and old satisfied.
On the other hand there are few surprises. Even the ones that are supposed to be surprising are not. We know that at the end things will turn out well for our hero, what we don’t know is how. Yet, in this movie, it is the journey that counts. It is Hiccups’ journey into understanding who he is, what he wants for his people, and the dragons that matters most. This is a quest based on the ideals of peace over war, community instead of conflict.
One salient note here, is that unlike many children’s movies where the villain has a change of heart, and we see him emerge with a new understanding, this does not occur here, and in a sense that is good. For surely, not all people come to a place where their thinking changes, and there are some folks who are not redeemable. On the other hand, the question regarding what exactly happens to Drago is left dangling in the air. Does this mean that he will reemerge in “How to Train Your Dragon 3”? For those answers we will have to just wait and see.