If you are a fan of DreamWorks Animation, you will definitely like the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy. Based on one of the book series written by Cressida Cowell, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” was directed by Dean DeBlois.
In this installment, Hiccup and his loyal dragon Toothless continue to rescue dragons that have been captured and bring them back to Berk, which is the island where Hiccup and his people live. We also see Astrid, Hiccup’s love interest, helping Hiccup save more dragons in order to create their own sort of dragon paradise.
At some point, Hiccup is faced with overpopulation of dragons in the Island. Hiccup remembers that his late father Stoick told him about the ‘Hidden World,’ which could be a safer place to keep all of the rescued dragons.
Meanwhile, warlords and an infamous dragon hunter named Grimmel the Grisly wants to capture Toothless to make him the alpha. Grimmel uses a white female dragon, “Light Fury,” to try to get Toothless’s attention and capture him. Hiccup must find a way to protect Toothless and his people from Grimmel’s threats.
For starters, the action scenes are impeccable, and the dragons’ being different even in their smallest detail should give the film the attention it deserves. The storyline delivers two different love stories between Hiccup with Astrid and Toothless with Light Fury. It shows a whole different side of Toothless while he is falling for Light Fury, something that was unexpected yet still charming.
While the story keeps its humorous scenes, surprisingly, it has parts that might be considered more for a mature audience. For example, it is mentioned once in the movie that the way Astrid helps Hiccup make decisions is marriage material-like, something that most kids might not be able to understand. While this might leave kids wondering, the storyline overall is filled with commotion and nostalgia.
The last part of this saga was definitely worth waiting for.
With a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of Friday afternoon, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” has become a favorite to some critics. Peter Travers from the magazine Rolling Stone said, “Dazzling animation, light-on-its-feet humor and a ton of heart bring the ‘Dragon’ trilogy to a thrilling end.”
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