After four years of waiting, being anxious and hoping, I finally got the chance to see How to Train your Dragon 2. The sequel to How to Train your Dragon, the story of Hiccup and in his town (Berk) of Vikings. Since I am a major fan of the franchise, this review might be a bit biased. But nevertheless, I have to write a review about it because I haven't written one on the previous movie. If you have not seen the first movie I advise you do so first before reading this review.
In the first movie Hiccup is very different from the rest of his village. All the people in his village like killing dragons, animals that keep bothering and destroying their village. Hiccup however is not very good at fighting these beasts. When he finally gets the chance to kill a dragon he refuses to do so because he realizes that the dragon is just as scared as he is. He lets the animal go but soon realizes it can't fly on it's own anymore. He tries to get close to the animal in order to help him fly again. As thus an unlikely friendship begins. At first he is the only one who knows and the people in his village don't understand where he learned to deal with the dragons in such a way (without hurting them that is).
Until one of the teenagers follows him and finds about about Toothless (the dragon). Hiccup is able to convince her but soon after the rest of the village finds out and they aren't as understanding, especially the chief of the town, whom also happens to be his dad. They use Toothless to find the dragons nest and after a big fight Hiccup is able to defeat it along with Toothless but at a cost. In the end his dad sees that Hiccups way with the dragons is better than his way of handling them, which is where the movie ends. "Excuse me barmaid! I'm afraid you brought me the wrong offspring. I ordered an extra-large boy with beefy arms, extra guts and glory on the side. This here, this is a talking fish-bone" (Hiccup on how he thinks his dad feels about him).
I always loved the idea of this movie. The boy whom refused to kill a dragon and was able to convince the whole town that violence is not the answer. It's a very good message. Toothless is even more lovable than Hiccup. He is like a kitten or a puppy. Young, playful, protective and cute. Their bound is very strong and they'd do anything for each other.
The story continues five years later, when Hiccup is 20 years old and the whole town has gotten used to having Dragons as pets and neighbors. They changed their town for the better. In a way that makes it easier for the dragons to stick around. It's so lovely to see how they were able to establish a good relationship with the dragons. Toothless and Hiccup are cuter than ever. But of course that's not all the movie is about. Hiccup runs into people whom are hunting the dragons and once again he is faces the issue they have with dragons. They see them as an enemy, as beasts. Again he has to try to convince them to look at the dragons differently. But this time it takes a war before people see their fault. It's heart breaking to see. "You came early into this world. You were such a wee thing. So frail and so fragile. I feared that you wouldn't make it. But your father, he never doubted. He always said you would become the strongest of them all. And he was right. You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon. Only you can bring our worlds together. That is who you are" (One of the secondary characters on Hiccup).
I absolutely loved the sequel. Both Toothless and Hiccup have grown so much and their connection is tighter than ever. Hiccup is still the outcast, even though the town finally sees his side. He still feels like he is out of place, like something is missing. Instead of being part of all the town activities (like his girlfriend Astrid) he chooses to fly around with Toothless to discover the world and extend his limits. His dad wants him to become the new chief. He's grown up and has a good instinc so his father trusts him to do a good job. Hiccup however does not want that responsibilty. The idea of having to put aside Toothless and flying around for adventures to take care of the village, is depressing to him.
In this movie he is forced to grow up and become the man his dad wants him to be. Even if he doesn't have to do everything by himself, it is still a test and hard for him. His friendship with Toothless is put to the test. It's such an intense story. I wish it would have been made for an older audience because the story might have been better then. They could have made it more intense and more real, but you cannot do that when you have 10 year old kids watching this movie. There were few scenes where it annoyed me a lot. But unfortunately it's a children's movie so it will never be the way I would like it to be. Maybe someday they will make a remake for an older audience. Life action even! I don't know. What do you guys think?