By JO ABI
Don’t you love it when a movie made for kids surprises you by actually being amazing? This year, the biggest, most pleasant surprise for me was how good How to Train Your Dragon 2 really was.
And I hadn’t even seen the first one.
I wasn’t in the mood to watch yet another kid’s movie on the day I took my children to see it. I was feeling a bit cranky that I hadn’t had the opportunity to see a grown up movie in what seemed like forever.
My plan was to eat my chocolate bullets from the lolly bar and secretly read an iBook.
Instead, the movie grabbed me from the beginning. Hiccup and his adorable and faithful dragon Toothless have improved their village by brokering peace with all dragons. Hiccup’s father Stoick loves his son so much but is also scared for him. He tries to walk the line between supporting his son’s efforts and protecting him.
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Then it all falls apart, thanks to two of the biggest, scariest dragons I have ever seen in a movie, as well as the evil Drago. And when the story about Hiccup’s long-lost mother was explained, I was a goner.