To be honest I’m not sure how to go about writing this piece, because I’m not really sure how I feel about the end of a series that brought me so much joy. I have loved How to Train your Dragon from the first moment that scaly black feline-esque face appeared on the screen. There is something about the gaping toothless grin, the large, bright green and overly expressive eyes and quirky mannerism so akin to feline affection, that almost had me renaming my black cat Toothless. (I didn’t BTW, he was still named Eddie after Edgar Allan Poe).
After a particularly stressful week at work, my boyfriend decided to treat me to a late-night showing of the film, hoping to help take my mind off things. And, although I went into the cinema without any expectations – because let’s be honest, that’s how you get let down – I was still a little more apprehensive than what I would have liked. This felt way too much like the third film in the Shrek saga.
I’m working on the assumption that you’re reading this because you’ve seen the trailers and want to know of the movie lives up to its expectations. So, is it worth it? Is it going to make you cry? This is, after all, the movie that explains why we no longer have pet dragons roaming our streets, or keeping our toes warm in the winter with their fiery displays of affection.
The film takes place a year after the events of the previous film. In case you haven’t watched it, or have forgotten what happened, this would have been after the battle between Toothless and Drago Bludvist’s Bewilderbeast (cute name, I know. But, have you seen the size of that thing??). You know, where Toothless becomes the alpha of Dragon-kind and Hiccup becomes the Chief of Berk? Eeep!
Anyway, during a peramblulation through the forests of Berk, Toothless stumbles upon a white Fury dragon and becomes instantly enamoured. A Light Fury to his Night Fury. OMG, I’m in love. Okay, so she may or may not be a trap set to catch the alpha of all dragons, and there may or may not be a new baddie by the name of Grimmel the Grisly, who intends to wipe Night Furies off the face of the earth. But, you can bet that the people of Berk are not going to say goodbye to their dragons that easily.
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Like the rest of the series, How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World brought me so many laughs, had me on the edge of the seat, and eagerly anticipating the next move. I loved that this series made me feel like a kid again, even though I am closer to 30 than I’d like to admit. I adored the fact that DreamWorks gave us such a beautifully created world to immerse ourselves in along with amazingly expressive creatures to root for, especially since most previous portrayals of these beasts have made them out to be fire-breathing demons of darkness and ruin.
Where the previous two movies focused on themes like learning to love your enemy, the value of sacrifice, and finding courage where you previously thought there was none, the last movie in the trilogy focuses on letting go. I’m the girl who cries at videos of dogs getting reunited with their families, so you can bet that I walked out of that cinema sporting some seriously smudged makeup and a half-bemused boyfriend.
Was it worth it? Yes, every single time.
How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World received a rating of 8/10 on IMDB and an astounding 98% on Rotten Tomato; if that’s not an incentive to go watch this beautifully eloquent movie, then at least consider the dragons.
Just in case you haven’t checked out the trailer yet, I’m including the one with Kit Harrington’s lost audition tapes. You’re welcome.