Dragons II: Metal Ages
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragons II: Metal Ages is the sequel to Dragons: Fire and Ice, and both movies are inspired by a line of toys created and marketed by the Mega Bloks toy company, who also co-produced this series. There is frequent fantasy battle violence -- armies of human soldiers fight with crossbows, flaming spears, and battle axes, as flying dragons breathe fire overhead. The evil dragons look demonic to the point where younger or more sensitive viewers will likely be scared.
What's the story?
After helping to bring about the peace between their two kingdoms, Prince Dev and Princess Kyra are now faced with a new challenge. Queen Cilla, leader of the Odaku kingdom, has made a deal with the Shadow Dragons to help her go to war and rule the Earth, and she will open up a portal so the Shadow Dragons can rule the Dragon World. Prince Dev and Princess Kyra must find a way to stop Queen Cilla, but this will not be easy, as she has assembled a formidable army, and Prince Dev must find a way to quell his temper and arrogance. Together, they meet Gohagar, a rebel Odaku outlaw, and the three form an alliance to try and stop Cilla's evil plans.
Is it any good?
Dragons II: Metal Ages is an all-too-rare instance of a sequel being better than the first movie in the series. The story is easier to follow, the central characters have more nuance than the basic teen archetypes they were in the first, and the action is more creative and engaging, with only slightly better computer animation than the first.
Still, even with these improvements, like its predecessor, this is a movie best enjoyed by fans of the fantasy genre. Younger or more sensitive viewers will be frightened by the demonic looks of the evil dragons, and parents wary of consumerism will be turned off by a line of toys created and marketed by the Mega Bloks toy company, who also co-produced the movie. That being said, fans of medieval battle with chain mail-clad soldiers and dragons will find much to enjoy.