Tuesday 12 February 2019

Film Review: How to Train Your Dragon 3 - The Hidden World

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Weighing in as one of my most highly anticipated films of the year, How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World promised to be a fantastic tale and a worthy new addition to a much-loved animated movie series. 

I had purposely avoided watching teasers and trailers in the run-up to the film’s release, as the last thing I wanted was to end up inadvertently spoiling a major twist or key plot point for myself before getting a chance to see the movie in full. Luckily, I managed to succeed, and after watching the film last Friday evening, I am especially glad that I did!

I have loved this film franchise from the very beginning when the first How to Train Your Dragon movie came out in 2010. Everything from the story to the soundtrack to the characters themselves seemed to suit me perfectly, firmly cementing this film series as one of my all-time favourites – big shoes for the third (and final?) instalment to fill.

The Hidden World continues to chart the lives of Hiccup and Toothless – except in this film, a considerable amount of time has passed since the last film. Hiccup and his friends are all grown up now, considering jobs, relationships, and finding their own places in their village. Of course, the dragons are still a big part of their lives, and all our favourite characters are back once again for another exhilarating adventure.

As the film progresses, it’s clear that more than one character must make an important decision which will affect their future for the rest of their lives...

In equal parts fun, thrilling and bittersweet, The Hidden World masterfully brings together all the best parts of the previous two films and combines them into a new movie that, in my opinion, is the perfect finishing touch to this classic animated series.

Going from emotional to hilarious from one scene to the next, this film takes you on a ride through the very best that DreamWorks has to offer. This film may have been a long time to come, but the hours spent on design, storytelling and creation are all clear to see in every detail and every subtle nuance. It’s more than your average animated kid’s movie sequel; it’s a well-thought-out film designed to draw this intensely popular franchise to a close.

I know there has been a lot of talk and speculation about whether there will ever be a fourth How to Train Your Dragon film or if this is really it – I think The Hidden World is a great conclusion to a film series that will always have a special place in my heart.

Have you seen How to Train Your Dragon 3? Let me know in the comments below!

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