'How to Train Your Dragons' offers as much fun as movie No. 1

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comJune 12, 2014 

How to Train Your Dragon 2 finds Hiccup and Toothless, their friends and the island of Berk threatened by a dangerous dragon master who is amassing a dragon army.

Determined to find a peaceful way to negotiate with the threat, Hiccup defies orders from his father and island leader Stoick and seeks out the dragon master.

While trying to sort through who the person is and why he's dangerous, Hiccup discovers a massive cave full of dragons and a mysterious woman who cares for them.

Though it has slow spots -- and maybe too many of them for younger kids -- writer/director Dean DeBlois has crafted another delicious dragon treat.

It's so good, you will think, "I want a dragon. Where can I find one?"

Seriously.

Rarely do movies produce that kind of reaction. But the dragons created by novelist Cressida Cowell and brought to life by director DeBlois -- who did the first film -- are so lovable, and the film is so well-written, voiced and drawn with a mix of art and real-life scenes, that it's almost impossible not to believe dragons are real.

Directors: Deon DeBlois

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Verrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristin Wiig, Djimon Hounsou

Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars

Rated PG for mature themes. It's playing at Regal's Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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