Sporting nearly a five-star rating on Netflix, DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a surprisingly adult sequel to the 2010 film of the same name. Instead of opting for the Cars 2 route and twisting the movie into Larry the Cable Guy farting blood on the Magna Carta, HTYD2 tells the story of a young man and his village maturing in the face of overwhelming obstacles and tragedies. The premise is simple, organic and fun as seen in the following highlights:
The film covers the topic of loss thoroughly, like when my first dog found and ate an entire box of Raisinets under my sister’s bed. Hiccup loses his father and worry-free childhood and the Haven’s dragons lose their shelter and guardian in quick succession.
Gobber, the one-armed dragon dentist and weekend warrior, is revealed to be a single gaybro.
Considering Gothi the Village Elder’s house is filled with only Terrible Terror dragons, it is safe to assume she threw all her previous cats in the trash can.
Set on fire. Literally chewed and spit out. Used as a prop in a game of Dragon Racing. Like my self-esteem in middle school, Berk’s noble sheep continue to take a beating in How To Train Your Dragon 2. This time around the furry folks have learned to apathetically accept their fire-breathing neighbors and try to maintain their busy grazing schedules.
The Mother of Dragons on steroids, Valka’s introduction in How To Train Your Dragon 2 is dramatic and recklessly risks the well-being of others. She is obviously the author’s favorite character.