For some movie trailers, you need cataclysmic visuals and robot burp noises, while others need neon-lit violence and moody beats. Occasionally, they may even resort to that most classic of visual gags: An Englishman’s penis. But sometimes, all you need to for your trailer to notch one in the win column, is just under two minutes of gorgeously realized, stunningly detailed animated footage of a seemingly familiar boy and his dragon, discovering the joys of flight.
The thrilling second chapter of the epic “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
I’m not really one for regrets, but I do soundly regret not having seen the first How To Train Your Dragon in cinema. I can’t even begin to tell you why I wrote the film off and decided to give it a miss on it’s theatrical run (this despite the wonderful reviews, especially praising the fabulous use of 3D in the films flying sequences), but I certainly wanted to introduce my boot to my own backside when I eventually watched it on TV years later. Utterly charming, funny and heartfelt, and boasting some top notch technical acumen, it is easily one of my favourite animated films ever, and the fact that I waited that long to see it was an insult to its brilliance.
I will not be making that mistake with its sequel.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 will be soaring into cinemas on July 4, 2014.
Last Updated: July 15, 2013