Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon)


Voices of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup; America Ferrera as Astrid; Gerard Butler as Stoick; Cate Blanchett as Valka; Djimon Hounsou as Drago

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Five years after the first movie, life is good for the Vikings of Berk. Hiccup and his dragon Toothless soar through the clouds, looking for new lands and new dragons to catalog. Hiccup’s dad, Stoick, wants his son to take over as the new chief, but Hiccup isn’t sure. After all, he’s not a big, strong leader like Stoick.

During an expedition, Hiccup and his friend Astrid are captured by hunters. They learn that Drago, a cruel Dragon Master, has collected an army of dragons to take over the world. The young Vikings escape, only to meet an older woman Dragon Master who has a connection to Hiccup’s past.

That can only mean one thing—dragon war!

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a story about a family finding a way to connect. Even though they are very different, Stoick cares for Hiccup and tries to teach him how to lead. “A chief protects his own,” Stoick says. The dad also models love and respect for women in his relationship with a new character. Finally, he makes a brave sacrifice to protect others. Hiccup admits, “I was so afraid of becoming my dad, mostly because I thought I could never become someone so great, so brave, so selfless.” The rest of the good Vikings follow their chief’s example, laying everything on the line to defend Berk and defeat Drago.

Obviously, dragons play a big part in the story. Leviathan, Drago’s giant dragon, keeps the dragon army under a kind of hypnosis. The Vikings reference Norse mythology; we hear a few mentions of “gods.” Astrid kisses Hiccup twice, once on the lips. A married couple also kiss. One of the Viking girls makes inappropriate comments about a boy.

The war between dragon hunters and Vikings gets very violent. (Our reviewer compared it to The Lord of the Rings movies.) Warriors fly through the air, attacking with swords, axes and dragon fire. One human is killed onscreen. Several characters fall from great heights. People are frozen in dragon ice. The dragons even fight each other.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 has more dragons, more explosions, more characters, more fights . . . and a little less heart.

Note: Controversy arose over one line improvised by a side character. Your parents can read more about it in the Plugged In review of How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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