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Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

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Film pick: How to train your dragon 2 (PG)

The Straits Times | Yip Wai Yee | Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

Cast members America Ferrera, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel, Djimon Hounsou and Gerard Butler during the premiere of "How To Train Your Dragon 2" in Los Angeles, California.

SINGAPORE - This is the highly anticipated follow-up to How To Train Your Dragon, a film that many consider to be Dreamworks Animation's true pride, one that is arguably on a par with some of Pixar's best work.

Five years on from the first film, Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless are having fun flying and exploring new territories. They stumble upon a cave where they discover hundreds of dragons living together, as well as the woman (Cate Blanchett) who is keeping them safe.

In this film (above), writer-director Dean DeBlois lives up to expectations with a sequel filled with the wit and heart found in the first. Hiccup is older and more self-assured, and the special emotional bond he has with his dragon Toothless is stronger than ever.

This is how all sequels should be made.

This article was published on June 13 in The Straits Times.

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