Have you ever noticed the scar on Hiccup’s chin in How to Train Your Dragon? I did, but then I’ve watched the movie dozens of times. Today I learned how he got it, and it’s a lovely, sweet addition to the saga.
Yep, I finally saw How to Train Your Dragon 2 this afternoon. It’s the first feature film I’ve ever seen in 3-D. Truthfully, I barely noticed. Perhaps my eyes became desensitized to the 3-D after awhile. Or perhaps I was so caught up in the story, I simply didn’t notice.
Two things I’ve loved about the DreamWorks Dragons television series: the develpment of Hiccup and Stoick’s relationship; and Hiccup becoming a leader through his role as head of the “Berk Dragon Training Academy.” It was wonderful to see these two elements carried through in HTTYD2. Another delightful nod to the series? Gobber making dragon saddles and performing dragon dentistry.
Comparisons between How to Train Your Dragon and its sequel abound. It’s only natural, and I’ve done some comparing, too. But the two are very different films. How to Train Your Dragon is about finding your way in the world, forging a new path HTTYD2 is more a coming-of-age story, discovering your past and accepting responsibility.
Several reviewers have likened HTTYD2 to The Empire Strikes Back. It certainly is darker that the first film, the stakes are higher, and the consequences much more dire.
HTTYD2 is extremely emotional—and heart-breaking. I had read some of the spoilers before seeing the film. In a way, I’m glad I did, because they were so shocking and unexpected, I can’t imagine what my reactions would have been had I not known about them.
You might think Hiccup finding his mother was a major spoiler. Rumor had it that DreamWorks was upset the trailers included their meeting, but I’m sure it was intentional. There was so much more to come, things I wouldn’t have imagined in a “children’s film.”
If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you might want to stop here. On the other hand, if you don’t mind spoilers, read ahead.