#43: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
Written and Directed by Dean DeBolis. Starring Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Johan Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gerrald Butler, Craig Ferreguson, Kristen Wigg, Djimon Hounsou and America Ferrera. Consultant Cinematographer, Roger Deakins.
102 minutes long.
This is a sumptuous movie with stunning visuals and incredible close ups with a rich and fantastically detailed world, lit by the great cinematographer, Roger Deakins. This is without doubt the second best animated film not to have come out of the Pixar studio, the first being How To Train Your Dragon.
The story almost doesn't matter, being the weakest part of this wonderful film, seriously i could have happily just watched these fantastic characters interact with their humans for a good 2 hours and couldn't have been happier.
The single best character in this whole film is Toothless the Night Fury and he never speaks a word. he is the true example of the total skill of the Dreamworks animators.
The story set a good seven years after the events of the first, sees the inhabitants of Berk now in unison with their dragons and life is good for everybody. Except that is, for Hiccup, who's having a hard time accepting it's time to pick up the mantle of chef and reign over his people. While everyone else it's having a blast, it's poor Hiccup who doesn't fancy giving it all up to be the leader of his tribe just yet and he sets off on a mission to map the lands beyond Berk where he meets a fellow Dragon Rider who will change his life forever.
This is a fantastic, wonderful, beautiful film and I loved it, not as much as the first but I still loved it, what let it down was the somewhat generic villain but luckily what saved it was absolutely everything else!
The relationship between Hiccup and Astrid is a joy, as is the boy's relationship with his dragon.
It's not a perfect film as I've already said and the other characters are short changed but it's wonderful never the less.
See it on the biggest screen you can.