In fact the opening scenes of How to Train your Dragon 2 (release date: July 10 2014) were reminiscent of the Quidditch scenes from the Harry Potter films as our heroes rode around a high-rise arena on the backs of their dragons in a race to get to the finish post first - while capturing the black sheep to ensure victory.
The action rarely ceased from this point on - whether it was our hero Hiccup racing off on the back of his friendly black dragon Toothless to map more of the world, or fighting against the dragon catchers and other evil-doers.
There are plenty of comic moments to provide the laughs - the bemused sheep used in the dragon races have the most comical expressions, and the old lady who has a coterie of baby dragons, rather than cats, raises plenty of laughs.
This is a new world where Berk has changed to become dragon friendly - a haven for dragons, where they get caring owners, are treated as loving and loyal pets, and where caring for these pets has taken over from the fighting and violence that preceded it.
But Hiccup has a new dilemma - his father wants him to take over as chief of the village, but Hiccup just wants the freedom to discover the new world on the back of his faithful Night Fury dragon.
But events force him to change his mind, as he encounters the dragon catchers and finds out about the evil Drago and his army of dragons.
And who is the mysterious dragon rider, who eerily rises up out of the clouds, 'surfing' on the back of one of its creatures?
This is a film full of intrigue and action and perfectly pitched to capture the imaginations of the children who enjoyed the first movie and are now two years older. My eight year-old movie reviewer was captivated for the full 120 minutes of the film - I wonder whether the intensity of some of the final battle scenes may be a bit much for much smaller children, but that aside the movie combines a great combination of action, and emotional highs and lows to keep an audience of kids and adults enthralled until the very end.
If you have a keen reader (or indeed want to encourage a reluctant one) the film is based on the book How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.
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