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How to Train Your Dragon 2

This movie starts where the original leaves off. The Vikings live in harmony with the dragons, primarily due to the efforts of Hiccup, the Viking chief’s son, who sports a wooden leg and travels around with his dragon Toothless with the artificial half-tail. There is now a new challenge from Drago, a ruthless ruler who enslaves dragons to do his will, and Hiccup accepts the challenge to try to change his mind. The movie is quite amazing as it a) continues to explore, in a really fun and creative way, the ancient archetype of transitioning from adolescence to adulthood and young men forging their own futures; 2) the animation is beautiful, and the movie felt even more magical than the first; 3) I love the positive message for differently-abled people; and 4) there were some really interesting plot twists and turns, as well as a lot of action scenes, that kept the movie energetic until the very end. Huge thumbs up for a really great and emotionally satisfying sequel – I wish I could have seen this one in 3D (I caught it too late here). (2014; 4.5 Stars)

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