How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World movie review – a heartfelt adieu to an amazing trilogy

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World movie poster courtesy: DreamWorks Animation/ Universal Pictures
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World movie poster courtesy: DreamWorks Animation/ Universal Pictures

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD movie review is here. Releasing in India on March 21 2019, the computer-animated action fantasy produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures is the third and the final installment to HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON film trilogy. Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, the film stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, and F Murray Abraham. Let’s find out how the trilogy says goodbye in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD movie review.

Instant reaction when the end credits of roll
Oh dear… why all good things come to an end. It made me emotional.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Story
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) the ruler of Berk is now stronger. Hiccup has created an astonishing utopian world for rescued dragons. Out of blue enters female Light Fury and the safe haven of Hiccup and his dragons is threatened. It’s time for Hiccup and his best ally Toothless –the cute glossy – the last of his particular species of dragon to embark on a journey of discovery and adventure where myths get broken and…

Highlights
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD is a remarkably overwhelming example on how to end a trilogy. DreamWorks Animation and writer-director Dean DeBlois have together joined forces to create a stunning amalgamation of marvelous animation and an emotionally charged story. It works and keeps on working and in the end leaves you emotionally flattered. The concluding series knows the qualities of its characters and moves forward with sheer conviction. Hiccup’s ability to take a leap beyond the cliché (borders of Berk) is used perfectly. Remember he discovered Toothless with this quality and this strength comes into force when he has to face the wicked plans of Grimmel (F Murray Abraham). Grimmer is a strong villain and history has proven that great stories with great heroes always had great villains. Excellent voiceovers by Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, Cate Blanchett as Valka, Gerard Butler as Stoick and America Ferrara as Astrid enrich the viewing experience. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD will be cherished by kids, loved by teenagers and the grown up parents will lap it up with emotion.
 
Technicalities
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD is a technical marvel without any doubt. Master cinematographer Roger Deakins served as a consultant and over here Gil Zimmerman (head layout) creates eye-popping images. The visuals are breathtakingly dazzling and special mention of John Powell’s powerful music score is a must. The jaw dropping images and moving music score keeps your eye and ear fully engrossed to what is happening on screen.


Flaws
Somewhere in between, mediocrity starts to threaten and certain unnecessary sequence like the one where a teenager tries to flirt with Hiccup’s mother Valka is uncalled for. 

Final words
Sequels are designed to make money and HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD is no different but DreamWorks Animation and writer-director Dean DeBlois have respected the integrity of the legacy and made sure that this farewell stays in memory. Sequels come and go and mostly come under scanner for falling short of expectations and cashing on the earlier triumph. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD makes a big difference, the third movie echoes the good virtues of tradition, change, the place called ‘home’, it’s also a pious home coming call. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD may be the final adieu on screen, but it has only gone from screen to stay in the hearts of the audience forever.

Rating 4/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Director: Dean DeBlois
  • Production house: DreamWorks Animation
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures
  • Voiceover: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, F. Murray Abraham
  • Release Date : 21 Mar 2019
  • Movie Duration : 1 hr 44 mins