The release of the official full-length ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ trailer caused a great deal of excitement among fans of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise. Ranking pretty high on most lists of the most anticipated movies of 2014, the movie’s trailer garnered over 10 million views on YouTube in months and has spawned a series of trailer reaction videos. Reactions to the trailer have been unsurprisingly positive, but there have been a few complaints as well. Here is what people have to say about the ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ trailer.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer – What’s to love:
Hiccup’s new look – Set 5 years after its prequel, ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ features Hiccup and his friends in their early adulthood. And boy, has Hiccup grown up. Having been a lanky, awkward teenager in the first movie, nobody expected Hiccup to be good-looking as an adult. But the chieftain’s son turns out to be gifted in more ways than one, and his fan base has seen a sudden increase, more so in the female to male ratio.
Exciting plot elements – ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is no longer just about Berk and its inhabitants. The trailer shows Hiccup and his friends exploring unknown territory and meeting mysterious new characters. Where the first movie depicted the changing relationship between dragons and human beings, the trailer to the sequel suggests a war between man and man, with the dragons merely supporting their riders. Trouble is brewing on a large scale, and Hiccup must lead his people to safety.
New dragons and new lessons – One of the most touching parts of the first movie was where Hiccup discovers that dragons are loving creatures who fight only when attacked. His friendship with Toothless allows him to study dragons in a way that no Viking on Berk had dared to before, and with his discoveries he shoots to stardom on the island. But the trailer for ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ reveals that there’s a lot that Hiccup is yet to learn about dragons, and there are others who are more familiar with the creatures than he is. His long-lost mother, for one, is a recluse who rescues dragons and she has a great number of them that have never been seen before around Berk.
Hiccup’s mother is introduced – Hiccup’s mother is conspicuously absent in the first movie, the only mention of her made by Stoick when he gifts Hiccup a helmet made out of half her breast plate. The tone suggests she died, but the trailer to ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ reveals that there’s another story waiting to be told. Hiccup meets his mother by accident when he discovers the identity of the mysterious dragon rider. A recluse, she rescues wild dragons and knows far more about them than Hiccup does. She also reveals to him the approach of danger “he has never faced before”.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer – What isn’t working:
Spoiler in the trailer – Many fans seem to be dismayed by the spoiler in the trailer, i.e. the revelation that the mysterious dragon rider is actually Hiccup’s mother. Some fans of the franchise who have managed so far to steer clear of this spoiler have decided not to watch the trailer in order to avoid breaking the suspense. Other large-hearted fans have created a modified version of the trailer without the spoiler so that fellow fans can still get a sneak peek of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ and its storyline without learning anything that would spoil it for them.
Disconnected scenes – A few viewers felt the trailer was trying to show too many plot elements, without any clear connection between them. To some, this suggested that the movie itself did not have a strong, clear structure and storyline while others felt it was only a fault with the trailer and did not reflect badly on the movie itself.
On the whole, the ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ trailer has increased the hype surrounding the movie and his affirmed to eagerly awaiting fans that it will live up to the high expectations set for it.