'How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World' Was the Cute Wrap-up we Wanted 'How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World' Was the Cute Wrap-up we Wanted

22 Feb , 2019

Headed into the theater, I thought How to Train Your Dragon 3 would be pretty weaksauce. Some of the animated trilogies completely CRUMBLE in their third entry (*cough* Kung Fu Panda *cough) and while ‘The Hidden World’ wasn’t quite as good as the first two, it definitely delivered in multiple ways, but there are some kinks.

Toothless and Hiccup are LOADS of fun, but not much has changed.

I LOVE Toothless and Hiccup. They’re the dynamic duo, man and his best friend, Lilo & Stitch (fun fact: director Dean Deblois loosely modeled Toothless after Stitch!) and they’re loads of fun! There’s been a year between the second movie but not much of an evolution in Hiccup and Toothless? I was expecting a beard, a buffer build, but the only thing that Hiccup’s hair is slightly longer. Oh, and some cheesy peach fuzz. I expected a little more from a 21-year-old character. Buff his chest out, give him a mustache (at least) and a BIGGER sword. As for Toothless…

He’s the exact same. He still can’t glide on his own (I know I know, it’s his tail. But cmon), he hasn’t grown much in size, and you rarely see him commanding the other dragons. He’s the alpha! Toothless should be keeping control, soaring through the air with others, commanding armies, but instead it’s still goofing off only? I’m being a little harsh, though, it is for the kids!

That villain...SNORESVILLE! Where were the stakes?

Remember Drago? He was the villain of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and he was flawless. He gained control of Toothless, made his dragon the alpha, and got ALL the dragons on his side. Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) didn’t do any of that. He had control of two acid breathing dragons (which was SUPER cool!) but he didn’t do the damage that Drago did. He did gain control of the hoard, but only by force… I would’ve loved for him to intercept Hiccup’s plans more, maybe even kill a character like Drago did Stoic which brings me to my next issue...

There weren’t really any stakes here! Nobody was in that much trouble, there wasn’t much up except for… well… losing Toothless. It’d crush my soul if we Toothless died, but doesn’t the same go for the other movies? But even through the kinks…

It was STILL magical and the conclusion made up for EVERYTHING

Even through the knots, the end brings this around to a smooth fold. It’s a beautiful conclusion to the series and even leaves some room to continue. The animation was more stunning than before—the hidden world is INCREDIBLE. It’s captivating, colorful, lush, and tingles those heartstrings. Toothless looks fresher than ever and the voiceovers are still stunning.

AND I LOOOVED the Light (or White) Fury! She was sassy and wanted what was best for Toothless, independence.

I won’t spoil exactly what happens in the end, but get the tissues ready! It’s one of the most heartwarming endings I’ve seen in ANY series. But please, PLEASE don’t revive this one Dreamworks.

How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World is a GREAT film for diehard fans of this series. Otherwise? You can wait for Red Box. This one will get the kids cheering from beginning to end, but maybe not quite the adults.
What’d you think of How to Train Your Dragon 3? Have you seen it? Are you planning to? Let us know in the comments!

Headed into the theater, I thought How to Train Your Dragon 3 would be pretty weaksauce. Some of the animated trilogies completely CRUMBLE in their third entry (*cough* Kung Fu Panda *cough) and while ‘The Hidden World’ wasn’t quite as good as the first two, it definitely delivered in multiple ways, but there are some kinks.

Toothless and Hiccup are LOADS of fun, but not much has changed.

I LOVE Toothless and Hiccup. They’re the dynamic duo, man and his best friend, Lilo & Stitch (fun fact: director Dean Deblois loosely modeled Toothless after Stitch!) and they’re loads of fun! There’s been a year between the second movie but not much of an evolution in Hiccup and Toothless? I was expecting a beard, a buffer build, but the only thing that Hiccup’s hair is slightly longer. Oh, and some cheesy peach fuzz. I expected a little more from a 21-year-old character. Buff his chest out, give him a mustache (at least) and a BIGGER sword. As for Toothless…

He’s the exact same. He still can’t glide on his own (I know I know, it’s his tail. But cmon), he hasn’t grown much in size, and you rarely see him commanding the other dragons. He’s the alpha! Toothless should be keeping control, soaring through the air with others, commanding armies, but instead it’s still goofing off only? I’m being a little harsh, though, it is for the kids!

That villain...SNORESVILLE! Where were the stakes?

Remember Drago? He was the villain of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and he was flawless. He gained control of Toothless, made his dragon the alpha, and got ALL the dragons on his side. Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) didn’t do any of that. He had control of two acid breathing dragons (which was SUPER cool!) but he didn’t do the damage that Drago did. He did gain control of the hoard, but only by force… I would’ve loved for him to intercept Hiccup’s plans more, maybe even kill a character like Drago did Stoic which brings me to my next issue...

There weren’t really any stakes here! Nobody was in that much trouble, there wasn’t much up except for… well… losing Toothless. It’d crush my soul if we Toothless died, but doesn’t the same go for the other movies? But even through the kinks…

It was STILL magical and the conclusion made up for EVERYTHING

Even through the knots, the end brings this around to a smooth fold. It’s a beautiful conclusion to the series and even leaves some room to continue. The animation was more stunning than before—the hidden world is INCREDIBLE. It’s captivating, colorful, lush, and tingles those heartstrings. Toothless looks fresher than ever and the voiceovers are still stunning.

AND I LOOOVED the Light (or White) Fury! She was sassy and wanted what was best for Toothless, independence.

I won’t spoil exactly what happens in the end, but get the tissues ready! It’s one of the most heartwarming endings I’ve seen in ANY series. But please, PLEASE don’t revive this one Dreamworks.

How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World is a GREAT film for diehard fans of this series. Otherwise? You can wait for Red Box. This one will get the kids cheering from beginning to end, but maybe not quite the adults.
What’d you think of How to Train Your Dragon 3? Have you seen it? Are you planning to? Let us know in the comments!

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