In the third, and final, chapter of the How to Train Your Dragon series, all is well in the town of Berk. Dragons used to be a problem, but now they are all moved in. And when they say “all,” they really mean it! Our favorite band of dragon freedom riders use their time to enjoy the dragons in their self-built “viking-dragon utopia” and free any dragons that are still captive. In doing so, this has caused Berk to be target for dragon hunters. In a nutshell, safety is key, and they must find a way to protect the dragons and the people all at the same time. From a fan perspective, this movie is incredible. The visuals are astonishing. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is about growing up, believing in yourself and having courage when facing the unknown. Hiccup(Jay Baruchel) has to step up and be the leader his father, Stoick(Gerard Butler) knew he could be. With Astrid(America Ferrera) by his side, he realizes what he needs to do.
But is this movie appropriate for the tiniest of dragon fans?
While there is no use of colorful language, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World does have a fair share of dark and scary action moments. They are intense, but brief. Resident bad guy, Grimmel(F. Murray Abraham) is known as the Dragon Killer, having killed all night furies. Or so he thought. He is out to capture and kill Toothless.
I would feel that younger children could watch this movie with minimal hand holding or eye closing. Preschool dragon fans could possibly need some lap-sitting through a few parts.
Out of all three chapters, I do have to admit that this was not my favorite. I felt that the story line was rushed and fell flat in comparison. But I still loved it. The landscape animation is simply stunning. There are comical moments that will make you laugh. I love the comic relief of the twins, Ruffnut(Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut(Justin Rupple) and the “who died and left you chief” attitude of Snotlout(Jonah Hill). And the takeaway message (which, if I shared, could be considered a spoiler) is one to always remember. Closure is definitely felt at the end of the movie.
Are you seeing How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World this weekend? Be sure to come back and tell me what you thought!
From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown … and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.
For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2). #HowToTrainYourDragon3