How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World


Emily Ascencio (11th), Reporter

Spoilers Ahead!

The How to Train Your Dragon franchise has been around for almost ten years. It has given us many unbelievable moments with very memorable characters. This year Dreamworks has released their third and final How to Train Your Dragon movie, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which was released on February 22, 2019.

The creators of the series worked hard to give the characters the endings they deserve while also pleasing fans of the series, and pleasing it was. It gave us many heart-stopping moments compelling audiences everywhere pull out their tissues to cry.

The third movie is definitely different from the first. It doesn’t give you the same feeling the first one does; not that it’s a bad thing. We see our main characters change their views on certain things and become stronger leaders.

The movie focused on the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless. They start to drift apart a little when Toothless takes interest in another dragon he has fallen in love with. Hiccup starts to worry that Toothless might leave him after giving him more freedom. Hiccup comes to realize that the dragons might be better off without them after visiting the hidden world when looking for Toothless.

Hiccup and the rest of the characters did end up letting their dragons go, giving the dragons freedom and the characters a chance to move on. It was an ending they all deserve. It was a great way to deliver the message of letting go.

We also got a very pleasing look into their futures as well as their past. Hiccup and Astrid got married and had kids. They did eventually run into Toothless and the Light Fury he fell in love with and got the chance to be reunited once again.

One of the most tear jerking moments in the film had to be the flashbacks into Hiccup’s childhood where we once again see his late father. It really pulls at our heartstrings seeing the relationship they had.

The animators definitely went above and beyond with this movie. The movie had so many beautifully animated scenes. The flight scenes were indescribable, the detail on their clothes was unbelievable, even the sand in the movie looked great. It almost looked real.

Although the ending was beautiful and the animation was outstanding, the movie did have its flaws. For one thing the villain was very bland. He didn’t seem very unique and had the same goals as the last villain in the second movie. They wanted to wipeout the dragons. It would have been nice to see something different or at least make the villains a little more dynamic.

The side characters could have been more interesting as well. They were only there for unnecessary comedic relief and served no purpose to the plot. It would have been nice to have seen an interesting subplot.

I personally felt that this film is one of the better things Dreamworks has brought to us. The whole franchise is pretty much amazing. The ending of the film definitely deserves praise and despite some of the movie’s flaws it wasn’t enough to ruin the experience for me.

The film gave the fans of the series the ending they had all been anxiously waiting for since the beginning. It was beautifully animated and gave us an interesting story to follow, but like all films it wasn’t perfect and that’s okay.