How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
Critic Consensus: The rare trilogy capper that really works, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings its saga to a visually dazzling and emotionally affecting conclusion.
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So much of The Hidden World is stuffed with filler material. But in certain wordless moments, this grand final entry really sings.
The film feels like it's flying on empty... This is clearly the end of the franchise, one that gave great pleasure and stayed on too long.
The movie could easily be called "How To End Your Trilogy."
For some, it'll be a moving conclusion to an epic series. For others, it'll be one less kids' franchise to worry about.
"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" still has the power to warm a cold heart, but the fire is less bright.
DeBlois struggles mightily to connect the resolution of one storyline to the resolution of the other, and it proves to be an overwhelming task. Still, it's a painless watch, with plenty of visual oohs and emotional aahs, and will surely leave fans happy.
Audience Reviews for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The third installment of the dragon riders series is another step forward in animation, creating amazing images, especially of landscapes and flocks of flying creatures. As for the story, it doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel. The first two films felt fresher, more surprising. It's still nice to revisit these characters and follow them around a little more. The super sweet ending is probably the strongest part of the film.
There's a dragon killer on the loose, professional, relentless, indefatigable, out to kill all the dragons he can. Can the team stop him before he succeeds? With loads of shots of dragons gracefully gliding through white and puffy clouds,, this screen goodbye to the series, and to the fans who love it, is rife with nods to friendship together with self-determinism. The experience is not Toy Story 3, but still is enjoyable.
How to train your expectations for the concluding chapter in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise: step one, lower them. I was dispirited to discover what a disappointing final chapter The Hidden World comes across, especially considering the previous movies, including the 2014 sequel, are good to great. At its core it's always been a tale of prejudice and family, dressing up a simple boy-and-his-dog story with fantasy elements. It also presents a world with danger and cost; even the fist film ended with the main character, Hiccup, losing a freaking foot. He loses his father in the second film. It's a series that has grown naturally with heart, imagination, and a real sense of stakes. This is why I'm sad to report that the third film feels like a different creative team made it. The villain is a repeat of the second film, a dragon hunter with little to be memorable over. The plot is very redundant, stuck in an endless loop of capture, escape, capture, escape, etc. The addition of the new lady dragon is a perfunctory means to drive a wedge between Hiccup and toothless, his dragon. The lady dragon has no personality and needs rescuing too often. Her inclusion relates to a rather regressive emphasis on the need for coupling and marriage. The titular Hidden World amounts to a grand total of five minutes of screen time. The action starts off well involving the various colorful side characters but misses out on that sense of danger that defined the other movies. It feels goofy and safe and listless. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a sizeable disappointment and coasts on the emotional investment of the first two movies. You'll feel something by the end, sure, but it's because of the hard work of others and not this movie. Nate's Grade: C
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