Entertainment, Film, Reviews

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) – Film Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

In the final instalment of DreamWorks Animation How to Train Your Dragon, we follow Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) as the new Viking Chief of Berke as his way of life comes under threat once more. As a permanent solution Hiccup seeks the Hidden World – a secret dragon’s Utopia previously sought by his father. Along with fiancé Astrid (voiced by America Ferrera), they take their tribe in search of a new home where they can live in peace with their dragons. A powerful enemy, Grimmel the Grisly (voiced by F. Murray Abraham) has hunted Night Furies to the brink of extinction and now comes after Toothless, using a female Light Fury as bait.

The animation in these films has only gotten better with each film, especially with so many visually ambitious action scenes. It is clear that they have made use of all of the technology at their disposal and were excited to do so. You can feel the passion of everyone involved in this film to do the characters and world they have created right which has resulted in an impressive animated feature.

All the How to Train Your Dragon films have addressed different morals and life lessons with this one being no exception. Hiccup learns the lesson of letting go for the greater good in a surprising but poignant conclusion. The film dealt with co-existing with dragons in a more mature manner than seen in previous films which made its resolution feel like a natural progression from all three films. This third instalment has a very emotive ending but also makes clear to the audience that this is a happy rather than bittersweet ending.

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