‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Theatrical Review
Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid and the rest of the crew return for the final chapter in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Written and Directed by Dean DeBlois, this beautifully constructed film ties a bow on the franchise by delivering the feel-good ending suitable for adult and child alike.
In the epic conclusion, Hiccup, Toothless, and gang are mercilessly pursued across the sea by Grimmel the Dragon Hunter. With voice talents like Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and Cate Blanchett all returning, How to Train Your Dragon 3 shows heart, grit, and humor in a way that we have come to expect from this Dreamworks franchise.
The story begins when Hiccup’s team continues its mission to liberate dragons by saving several of them from trappers. As he brings them back to the now crowded island of Berk, problems unfold. As Chief, Hiccup has to juggle leading his people, and managing an island full of dragons; all while dealing with friend and family pressure to settle down and marry. When Berk is attacked by Grimmel and his team of dragons, Hiccup convinces his people to set off in pursuit of a place where they will all be safe from those who wish ill on dragons.
The real fun in this film comes while watching Toothless flirt with a newly introduced dragon, the “Light Fury”. In the cartoon-dragon equivalent of the film She’s Out of My League, we revisit the awkward courtship between Kirk and Molly. If the audience learns one thing, it is that the chicken dance, custom artwork, and making a fool out of yourself is still a top-notch way to any woman’s heart.
Altogether, there is little not to love about this movie and franchise. The “Hidden World” could have been utilized more as a setting because it was beautifully done, and the human fight scenes were not overly complex, but those minor complaints took nothing away from the experience. The music is great, the artwork is breathtaking (seriously, the waterfalls alone are beautiful), and the humor is on point. The emotional ride comes to a satisfying conclusion just in time for the closing credits.
Dreamworks proves yet again that they can hang with Disney in almost every way. The PG rating is super soft as this is one for all ages; and at 104 minutes, it is the perfect length for this kind of movie. This is a script about love and life disguised as a dragon story. For the past nine years, we have learned lessons from Berk about tolerance, believing in yourself, never giving up, dealing with great loss, and loving unconditionally; all through the lens of a young outcast’s journey from black sheep to chief.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a must see.
Be a Hiccup in a world of Dragons and Grimmels.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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