How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World review
One of the major reasons world peace hasn't been achieved is that there is someone that’s always going to disagree with the status quo and establish his own agenda. That doesn't make the world a bad place, but that's the nature of free will: that ability to debate and generate new ideas. Some will use it to help everyone and some will use it for their own power trip. This is also why when something amazing is introduced to everyone, there is going to be a natural resistance by some. People have done this. Politics have done this. Technology has done this. Nothing is out the window.
The beautiful thing about the How to Train Your Dragon series is that it's about the ideology of changing an established society and mainframe. What was once a simple Viking village of plunderers now has dragons to fly on. The first movie showed that beginning transition from a boys point of view. The second movie built on that evolution, and how there are bad people that will use them to their advantage. With the final movie of the series How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, we see what happens when we realize that people may never embrace something.
Set a year after the last movie, chief of Berk, Hiccup (played by Jay Baruchel) and his group of friends have been keeping up their mission to free captured dragons and give them a new home to be free. The problem now is that Berg is becoming so full of dragons that it's becoming too overpopulated. Hiccup decides that they need to find the legendary "Hidden World" that his late father Stoick (played by Gerald Butler) where dragons can be free. Hiccup is also facing pressure to marry his girlfriend Astrid (played by America Ferrera).
Things change when a white night furry they call a "Light fury" suddengly comes. This is good news for Hiccup's dragon "Toothless" who always thought he was the last one. But they also discover a series of dragon sized traps. The one responsible for those visits Hiccup, a dragon hunter Grimmel (played by F. Murray Abraham), who is looking to kill Toothless. Though he escapes, Hiccup understands he'll keep coming back. He makes the decision for the population of Berk to leave to search for the hidden world. As he deals with all of this, Toothless continues to try and woo the other Light Furry as a mate.
The first two are amazing movies that push the storytelling and animation as DreamWorks' best. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World marks for a very nice, very good conclusion to the trilogy. Is it as good as the first two? Not as masterful, but I still highly recommend this. To start with, the animation is still spectacular. The people still look good, the dragons are still, if not more, lovable, and the use of light and environment really gives this an artistic bump and the second movie started to build on.
The story is also effective. This may be a "boy and his dog" plot, but this has always been about Hiccup and his growth into a young man. Though high voice is still a bit on the annoying side, Jay Baruchel does manage to make me used to it, thanks to his commitment to playing his part as serious as possible. You really understand his dilemma of trying to please both the Vikings of Berk and the dragons he's so fond of. It makes it more painful for what happens for him and most of the dragons in the end, but I wont spoil that.
I'll admit the movie starts to dive in one area, and it's with the villain. F. Murray Abraham does well as a dragon hunter, but aside from that, there wasn't really more to him other then what you see from a lot of other hunter characters. I found the villain from the last movie much more intimidating and interesting as he was at least on a power trip and was smart enough to understand the dragons more then the main character. I wished he would have returned for revenge.
I'll give this four and a half Light Furry dragons out of five. Though this has been a nice journey, I'd rather that they end it here then try to keep going. If DreamWorks is smart, they'll continue to establish the character as one that evolved over time and can pride a positive role model for those that feel let down when peace isn't easy to acquire. Go see it and fly with the dragons one last time.