• Elise Paris

Review: How to Train Your Dragon : The Hidden World.

Updated: Jul 11, 2019

Hello and welcome to another review,

So last Saturday, me and my boyfriend woke up bright and early to go watch the greatly anticipated How to Train Your Dragon : The Hidden World (What a mouthful), the finale to one of DreamWorks’ best loved franchises.

Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

Im so excited to review this film because in my opinion it hit all the right notes, and this trilogy is so elite in the realm of kids movies.

I think its fair to start with commenting on some of the most breathtaking animation going today. This movie took around 5 years to make and it really shows in the exquisite attention to detail. From individual dragon scales to the transcendent artwork in the form of ‘the hidden world’ and when accompanied by a beautiful score, this movie really is a feast for the senses. When the female Light Fury is introduced I actually squealed ever so slightly in the cinema and I couldn’t stop whispering “she’s so beautiful” every time she appeared on screen.

This third instalment really impressed me in the way it portrayed so much with just visuals. One of the most entertaining scenes in the whole movie takes place in the early morning between Toothless and the female Light Fury. The incredibly adorable and lifelike movement of the characters kept the audience engaged in a conversation that was only happening through movement and facial expressions. The characters in this movie, though maturer than before, still display the same charming goofiness that we have come to love them for.

I also think it’s worth mentioning that the way intense action scenes are built without featuring violence to be child appropriate, especially considering they are literally armies of vikings fighting with dragons, is pretty brilliant.

That’s one of my favourite things about this entire trilogy though. Yes, these are ultimately kids films, but they deal with quite mature themes and life lessons that make them appeal to a wider audience, and this third movie is no different.

Whilst the first two focused on Hiccup and his developing relationships, The Hidden World definitely flips the switch and gives Toothless some room for natural development. Not only does he find a desire for a more intimate love, he gains new abilities and learns a lot about himself and his capabilities as an individual.

Without giving spoilers, it goes without saying that the strongest themes in this third instalment centre around accepting change and learning to let go. This really works, because the characters have built strong relationships and grown so much together throughout the three films. Accepting change is a gradual thing and doesn’t happen instantly by choice. The filmmakers really translated that with this film, building up tension and struggling with acceptance so that by the end, the emotional release feels deeply earned.

Honestly, prepare to find yourself in a gridlock of verging tears because I did not expect the intensity of emotion this finale made me feel.

There were two words in particular said by Hiccup at the peak of the extended conclusion that choked me right up. So yeah this movie will take you on a rollercoaster of emotion which which is both impressive and endearing for a kids film.

Though I absolutely loved this movie there were a few things I didn’t like so much, mostly involving the script. This trilogy definitley includes a lot of clever comedy that lands perfectly, but equally there is a lot of slapstick comedy to appeal to the younger audience which although understandable, just didn’t sit well next to the mature themes and tone of the rest of the film. Moreover, The supporting characters such as Tuffnut, Ruffnut, Snotlout and Fishlegs were used as punching bags for comedy and though this worked in the earlier films because they were kids, as adults the jokes just seem out of place. That is me really nitpicking though because of course this is a family fun adventure series and slapstick comedy works in this genre, it always has.

Overall I would say that this is the perfect ending and fond farewell to a brilliant series of entertaining and beautiful animated movies. I think The Hidden World is actually my favourite of the three, so I really recommend you go out and watch it because it was so majestic to view on the big screen.

As usual I have linked the relevant movie trailer below.

Thank you for reading,

Elise, out.

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