Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon-The Hidden World
In 2010, How to Train Your Dragon introduced audiences to Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel), a young Viking, and his adorable dragon, Toothless. The film blended high-energy action, beautiful animation and a surprisingly poignant story to great success.
Now, after nine years, an enjoyable sequel and a Netflix series, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings the duo’s journey to an end. The story follows Hiccup, now chieftain, as he tries to establish a society where dragons and humans can coexist peacefully. His efforts, however, attract the attention of both warlords seeking to harness the dragons’ power and a dragon slayer (voice of F. Murray Abraham) with his eyes set on Toothless. Determined to protect his home and friend, Hiccup embarks on a mission to find the legendary birthplace of all dragons. The film moves with a frenetic energy that serves the action well, and the animation is lush, especially the subterranean environment referenced in the title. While the fast pace leaves the story and secondary characters a little underdeveloped, the core duo of Hiccup and Toothless remains richly drawn and as endearing as ever. With breathtaking visuals and an emotional story, the third entry serves as a satisfying conclusion, even if it doesn’t soar quite as high as the original.
Should you see it? Yes, it’s a fitting end to a beloved series. — S.W.
Viewed at AMC Creve Coeur 12