Hello, dear ones! Michael and I saw How to Train Your Dragon 2, a couple of weeks ago. I made these cookie pops inspired by Fiction Food’s blog.
I didn’t use jelly beans or lime tootsie rolls though. I used mint M&M’s for the eyes and chocolate almond bark. It would’ve been better for me to have used vanilla almond bark because I had to add an insane amount of black dye to get the right color. Brown plus black dye equals purplish. The dye stained Michael’s tongue and fingers. Chris said they look like Gollum. Anywho, I tried.
Now, onto the movie. It’s been forever since I’ve done a movie review. Let’s see if I remember how. How to Train Your Dragon 2 was a great movie in my book. It’s a little intense for a kid’s movie. I rate it as being more intense than The Lion King, ya know when Simba see’s his father die. I don’t want to give anything away but there is a wicked twist that’s just wrong. How to Train Your Dragon was never a movie about marshmallow hugs and rainbows in the first place. Still, I didn’t expect the movie to get so intense. I may have teared up a bit.
What I like about the HTTYD movies is how they explore family relationships. In the first movie, we see Hiccup develop a better relationship with his dad. In the second movie, Hiccup meets his mom. My favorite part is when Hiccup’s Mom and Dad get back together. They totally could’ve had Hiccup’s Mom declare her independence and stay in her own little world. Instead, she chose to return to her family and that was beautiful. She was willing to love again.
If you have concerns about dating relationships, well Hiccup does share a kiss with Astrid. It’s pretty clear that everyone expects the two to get married. Also, the twin girl, Ruffnut, has some youthful lust issues. It’s supposed to be funny but it really annoyed me. None of it was a deal breaker for me though. It’s just an opportunity for discussion.
Ultimately, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is about friendship and forgiveness. Sometimes love is hard. Sometimes the people you love the most, hurt you the most. You have a choice. Become bitter or forgive and let love empower you. Hiccup faces several challenges as he journies into manhood. I think he handles them well and overall, is a good role model for boys. Plus, Toothless is just adorable. Enough said, four stars :).
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover