"You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon." - Valka
Hiccup has grown into a young man, more interested in exploring the lands beyond Berk and finding new dragons than learning the ways of becoming a chief. All that changes when dragon trappers plan to create a dragon army for the notorious Drago Bloodfist. En route to "talk sense" into Drago, Hiccup is taken by a mysterious rider whose dragon training skills surpass his own - and she is his long lost mother. Only together, with the help of Toothless and friends, can they fight against the inevitable storm.
Now I know what you're thinking (or I like to think I can read your minds, so humor me for a second), how could they slip that Hiccup's mother is alive? I mean, we find out about this in the trailer. Talk about a spoiler, right? Well, sure. If you want to see it that way. I had a feeling the revelation of Hiccup's mother wasn't the real surprise. In fact, two other major things happen that are more shocking or unexpected. And I'm not going to tell you what that is, either.
Everything I enjoyed from the first adventure was present here, with the added pleasure of seeing this viking world expend. The characters have matured (to an extent) and their gadgetry is exceptional (I SO want a retractable fire sword now), but they still make mistakes and have flawed qualities that get in the way at times. Which makes the story real and the characters believable. Even relatable, I'd say. John Powell's score is top notch and the film itself is eye-candy Valhalla.
Expect a few genuine bully laughs every now and again, too.
If the film suffers from anything, it's the villain. He's new, and there's no back story to speak of. The argument against Hiccup's going to "talk sense" into Drago is because he kills for no reason. A little more on the Drago department would've made him a formidable bad guy.
Overall, take notes on this one. While it doesn't live up to the first, by a scale, this sequel is still a great example of how to pull one off. Its ending makes me very curious of what lies in store for Toothless and Hiccup in their next high-flying adventure. While it's true that some sequels have too many explosions, or bad acting, and others pull old gags from the first outing, this worthy sequel has ... Dragons!
Have you had a gander at HTTYD2 yet? How hard did Ruffnut make you laugh? Who's your favorite dragon character of all time?
I'm David, and "you know that doesn't wash out ..."