Cate BlanchettGerard Butler...
Action & AdventureAnimation
In 10 Cinemas
The thing that stays with audiences, whether in writing or film, is how they felt while reading or watching. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is emotional gold. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the third film in the series, and its story starts off a little while after the second film ended. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is now chief, while Toothless is the alpha to dragons; humans and dragons are cohabitating in complete peace. But the peace does not last for long as Hiccup and Toothless have to face the evil dragon poacher, Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), who’s threatening their world. Matters get even more complicated when Toothless falls in love, and now Hiccup and Toothless may have to give up the dream they worked so hard to get.
The plot is just a bit too messy with several intertwined elements and some not too justifiable steps, but overall, the plot is coherent and captivating enough. There are so many events happening in the 90-minute animated feature, and all packed so closely together, that audiences are more likely to get confused than bored. The feature also covers several important themes from Hiccup and Toothless’s friendship to Hiccup and Astrid’s (America Ferrera) relationship and pressure to get married, all on top of the plot’s actual events.
Younger audiences might get lost with all the intricacies and the not-always-clear logic behind them, but the film’s captivating graphics would keep them interested. The graphics are impressive and sophisticated with amazing colours and motion graphics that really help the film and its characters stand out.
Where the film truly shines is the endearing relationship between Hiccup and Toothless, which gets the audience so emotionally invested in the movie from early on and until its last second. The entire best friend theme effortlessly gives the film the emotional edge it needs, and gets the audience right in the heart.
The voice acting was as on point as it was in the previous films, with special recognition to Craig Ferguson playing Gobber, Kristen Wiig playing Ruffnut, and Justin Rupple playing Tuffnut. All three voice actors were able to stand out within the supporting characters cast and leave a memorable impression on audiences.
How to Train your Dragon fans would definitely appreciate the feature and its focus on the friendship dynamics between Toothless and Hiccup. You will certainly enjoy the film more if you’ve watched the previous movies, but it is not incomprehensible otherwise.