Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly on the back of a dragon? Or glide through the air, with nothing between you and the clouds? After watching How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 3D now I know. This movie was gorgeous to watch with a great story to boot.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the continuation of a sweet coming-of-age tale, about a boy trying to find himself in a world surrounded by stories of his dead mother and a father who doesn’t understand him.
The movie starts five years after the first. Life in Berk has changed drastically. Instead of being hunted, dragons are a part of everyday life. The residents have them as pets and there is even an underground living area for their safety and comfort. Instead of weapons; Hiccup, his father Stoick, and his father’s best friend Gobber make saddles so the humans can fly on the backs of the dragons.
While Hiccup’s friends are competing in a game (a combination of Quidditch and basketball played on the backs of dragons), Hiccup and Toothless are off exploring new lands. Hiccup is the newest cartographer in town and not looking forward to stepping into the giant shoes of his father, as role of chief. While exploring, Astrid, Stormfly, Hiccup, and Toothless stumble upon a rogue group of dragon trappers led by Eret who mistakes them as Dragon Riders and accuses them of destroying his fortress. After failing to capture Stormfly and Toothless, Eret confesses he is a trapper for the ruthless dragon hunter, Drago Bludvist.
When Stoick discovers Drago is building up an army of dragons, he orders the town of Berk to prepare for war. Hiccup is outraged, determined he will be able to convince Drago that humans and dragons can live together in peace, just as he convinced his father. Hiccup and Toothless fly away and end up in the clutches of a mysterious dragon warrior that ends up being Hiccup’s long-lost mother. She has lived among the dragons for the last twenty years, creating a sanctuary to protect and heal the ones damaged or hurt by Drago and trappers like Eret.
Drago learns of the dragons living on Berk and sets off to capture them. With the help of his newly reunited parents, Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid and the rest of their friends join together to fight off Drago and his dragon army. Things look dim when Drago reveals his secret weapon, a Bewilderbeast that looks like an ancient ancestor of Godzilla. Aside from being massive, the Bewilderbeast has the power to control all of the dragons around him. In the hands of Drago, the Bewilderbeast forces the good dragons to do bad things.
It is only when Hiccup embraces his true self that Drago and the Bewilderbeast can be defeated.
This movie is definitely worth the extra cost of a 3D ticket. Toothless is funny, especially when around fellow dragons. (Toothless reminds me of a bigger version of Stitch, the lovably ferocious alien of Disney’s Lilo and Stitch.) There are plenty of things for both kids and adults to enjoy. But the scenes I’ll remember the most are when I flew in the clouds with dragons.