[J. Brew Recommendations: Day 5/7] Oh yay. Another story where the power of love breaks the spell/stops the bad guy. From a visual standpoint it's pretty marvelous; but the story is about as entertaining as watching vanilla ice cream melting on a wet cardboard box. Plus, RETRACTABLE TEETH? Poppycock.
Hiccup's voice actor can use some more practice and the resolution to the identity issue is such a let down. Anyway, I love how the scale of the dragon world expands. It's obvious that the next sequel is about them finding another species (a whole population may be?) of night fury but I'm so ready for How To Train Your Dragon 3!
Maybe not as brilliant as the first entry, but still very entertaining. Vibrant colours saturate a richly textured world. The voice acting is mostly great (despite a boring Baruchel) and the character animation is fluid and natural. The villain this time around was quite scary, and the alpha dragons were a wonderful touch. Quite enjoyable.
The novelty of the first entry may have dissipated but this is still enjoyable family entertainment with some OK messages just beneath the surface. Voice casting is quite good even if the story is a little hackneyed and manipulative this time around. Solid animation but nothing that really wows.
The element of surprise may have unavoidably disappeared, but HTTYD2 is still a more than worthy sequel to Dreamworks' 2010 hit. Once again witness dazzling and detailed animation to rival the finest works of Pixar, all lovingly crafted, easy to digest and eager to entertain. A further instalment seems certain.