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This weekend, I went to see¬†How to Train Your Dragon 2. I loved the first one, and I was cautiously optimistic about the sequel. Well, more cautious than optimistic, really; it’s pretty rare that movies with a “2” attached wind up being very good. Usually they’re an attempt to cash in on a successful franchise with little effort. After all, you’ve already got the audience invested in a good story, so why waste time being creative all over again?

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a clear attempt to cash in on an existing audience . . . with an actual good story. Be still, my heart. If you’re expecting “more of the same,” you’ll be both pleased and disappointed; the world of the Viking dragon-riders has moved on, but in a natural way as the characters age. (Though honestly, I’m subtracting a few numbers from Hiccup’s age, stated in the film as 20, because the youths all still act younger than that. The first film seems like it stars 12-year-olds; this film feels like 16-year-olds.) Continue reading

G. K. Chesterton was a British journalist and author living in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He wrote on nearly every topic there was to be discussed at the time, and naturally that includes literature. In fact, it’s widely agreed that his critiques of Charles Dickins’ books were a key part of the latter’s success, and Chesterton went on to have strong influence on both Tolkien and Lewis. Continue reading

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