22 Jun 2014
How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a quality animation movie that focuses more on action set pieces, though the story does merge into the happenings and in totality ends up as a quality endeavour.
The sequel starts with Hiccup, his now dragon-friendly village of Berk and sheep-picking games. Soon, the plot moves to finding a new antagonist and a lost member of the family. There are dragon fights, dragon rehabilitation and several plot, character snatches from the Disney classic The Loin King (1994) in the climax.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 ends almost with a political shadow in Hiccup's message of protecting / policing the world, a favourite US government pastime. Yet, there is much in the movie and in its moments to catch it in the theaters. Check out the expansive Toothless-Hiccup partnership, the movie's core attraction, although the family get-together has been repeated in so many sequels now.
The first part was more of an experience in 3D, a nice mix of action, humour and dragon-boy chemistry. The second has many gorgeous action set-pieces, character-dubbing artist connection and great animation quality to make up for the sometimes loopy story. A third part seems to be inevitable, hopefully there will be enough fun to contend with.
A protruding shark-like fin cuts through the clouds even as Hiccup and Toothless grow wary. The new accessories, inventions and contraptions are a nice touch.
Deewaar (1975) is the quintessential Hindi film of two main protagonists representing the establishment and anti-establishment, much like Mehboob Khan's Mother India (1957) and Gunga Jumna (1961). Salim-Javed's most convincing story and screenplay yet, Deewaar is packed with character-driven dialogues, verbal face-offs, an ember-eyed Amitabh Bachchan (unforgettable), a dignified, upright Shashi Kapoor and of course Nirupa 'Maa' Roy.