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Best: A truly epic sense of scope
One thing about a sequel that you can always expect is elevated stakes and just an overall sense of inflation where scope and the world is concerned. Often enough, that apparent prerequisite for forging ahead in a franchise causes the film to collapse under its own weight, but "How to Train Your Dragon 2" remains sturdy from beginning to end. Even when it seems like the story is wrapping itself up, there is a whole other, stunning sequence still to come, and the film just moves along with wonderful balance, never being arbitrarily additive.
- Kristopher Tapley