Movie Review – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Filled with laughs and drama-filled tension, The Hidden World will have kids on the edge of their seats as the series comes to a close.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Elle Cahill

Picking up right where the last film left off, The Hidden World is the third and (hopefully) final film in the popular How To Train Your Dragon series. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), and his rare Night Fury dragon sidekick Toothless, continue to rescue dragons from dragon hunters and send them to the safety of a peaceful, dragon utopia. When Grimmel the Grisly (F. Murray Abraham) discovers Hiccup has the last Night Fury dragon in his possession, he threatens to destroy the dragon sanctuary in pursuit of Toothless, making Hiccup question his ability to follow in his father’s footsteps as a mighty leader.

The How to Train Your Dragon animations have always been fun and adventurous, and the third in the series is no different. Filled with dramatic visuals and caricatured creatures, the whole film is a rush of drama and suspense in a familiar story of a young hero coming into his own.

Director and co-writer Dean DeBlois cleverly nails the comedic aspects, making use of Hiccup’s bumbling band of young warriors to lighten things up when it all gets a little intense. Jonah Hill’s character Snotlout Jorgenson is a highlight in his attempts to be suave in the pursuit of the much older Valka (Cate Blanchett),and Hiccup’s love interest Astrid (America Ferrera) leads the charge of strong female character’s present in the series, sending a healthy message to young kids that gender is no obstacle for warriors.

The Hidden World has a sense of finality in its conclusion, and it would be nice to think of it as a true end to the series, but who knows when a studio might suddenly decide to revive a franchise. While The Hidden World follows essentially the same story line as the other films, there is growth in Hiccup and his friends that makes this somewhat forgivable. The Hidden World hasn’t lost any of the charm from the original, making it a great one for all in the family to see.

How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World is available in Australian cinemas from January 3

Image © Universal Pictures 2018

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