The final chapter of the wildly popular How To Train Your Dragon series, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, is finally here! The new film, released in Australia on January 3rd, and in the U.S. February 22nd, is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Universal Pictures. It will be a great family movie for children and their parents.
The first two movies in the series were highly acclaimed and the third installment was no exception. The third installment relied on a simple formula for the film’s success, but still managed to impress with breathtaking flying scenes and sweet moments between Hiccup and Toothless. However, the storyline felt a bit too predictable. Although it’s a fun film to watch, there are a few points that it missed.
The third installment takes place in Berk, where Hiccup serves as Chieftain of Berk. Here, dragons and Vikings coexist under cramped conditions. Hiccup and Astrid seek a new haven of peace, but a mysterious female dragon called Night Fury appears and threatens their peace. Thankfully, Hiccup and Astrid do not lose hope and continue their quest.
Hiccup’s character has a deep emotional impact on the viewers. Hiccup is a young boy who lost his mother when he was a baby. Hiccup has a mentor named Valka who helps him train his dragon. Fans of the series should see this film. While it may be a little too long, it is still a fun ride for the whole family.
The Hidden World begins one-year after the events of the first film. It takes place during winter, and the Wedding Finale takes place two months after the main adventure. In the trailer, Light Fury saves Toothless. Toothless is also shown flying without a saddle and wearing a new tail prosthetic in the trailer. Drago’s Bewilderbeast also appears in the movie for a brief appearance.
The Hidden World has a darker tone than previous entries, and includes some serious elements that emphasize the characters’ strong bonds and friendship. F. Murray Abraham voices Grimmel, a great villain. Hiccup’s attempts to create a Berk dragon utopia are futile. The island is also the target for anti-dragon enemies. Hiccup considers moving his village to The Hidden World.
Another interesting element of the movie is the relationship between Hiccup and Astrid. The two do not share the same kind of chemistry. It’s all about plot points. They move at such an accelerated pace that romantic moments and jokes are rare. The story is also filled with heavy-handed exposition, so the viewer doesn’t have time to fully absorb it all. A major flaw in How to Train Your Dragon 3 is that the movie’s main characters are a bit too far from being a family movie.
While the human world tries to keep their dragons hidden, Hiccup and Astrid are forced to choose between their own interests. Hiccup has to choose between the two of them, because the human world will not accept them without some effort on their part. While the dragons are reluctant to live with humans, they continue to live in the Hidden World for the time being until mankind is ready to accept them.