In “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the animation simply rules. Elegant and detailed, the film soars and whooshes with the craft that all animated movies should have.
The filmmaker delivers a sequel that elevates the material without telling the same story as every other animated movie. The dragon power structure hinges on elements that weren’t new when they recently appeared in both “Divergent” and “Edge of Tomorrow.” As with its predecessor, this “Dragon” tries too hard to be funny.
The world is not a rational place, a lesson many of us re-learn continually. Sometimes you have to fight for peace. Next to crisp images like Hiccup and his best dragon pal Toothless performing synchronized falling and a group of dragons illuminating darkness like a sea of smartphones at an outdoor concert, those hard messages go down with a degree of beauty.
Director: Dean DeBlois.
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler.
Rating: PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.