‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Is an Underwhelming Finale

I remember when How to Train Your Dragon came out in 2010. I went to see it with my family in the movie theaters and I was dazzled, as were many other people. It sits as #188 out of the 250 best movies ever made and for good reason. It’s a great film.

Four years later Dreamworks delivered a powerful sequel that only added to the tremendous story the writers had created. And this year, we got the trilogy finale. When I saw it was available to watch on Hulu I jumped on the chance to see it, especially after hearing the rave reviews it was getting as the trilogy was heralded as one of the greatest animated film trilogies of all time (and there aren’t many.)

As I revisited the mesmerizing world where characters like Hiccup and Toothless reside I was super thrilled to see the trilogy finale but it wasn’t long before I realized How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World wasn’t anything like the first film in quality.

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What ultimately killed the movie for me was the film’s villain, Grimmel. Grimmel had made his living being a dragon killer but mainly he loved to hunt and kill Night Furys. And with Toothless finding himself a Night Fury girlfriend, the drama was…intense…I guess.

I understand that How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was made for children but that doesn’t excuse the lazy storytelling. I ended up falling asleep at the film because it was that boring and predictable. And yes, children movies are supposed to inspire joy and self-heroism with themes that aren’t too scary but every single one of my favorite children’s movies is written in a way where you can’t predict the end.

The IncrediblesThe Lion KingToy StoryUpFrozenSpider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, these films take you on a fascinating journey that transpires concisely, and, unpredictably.

For that reason, I’m giving How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 85 out of 100 and 3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not bad but it’s nowhere near as good as I hoped it would be.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.

Is the Dark Storytelling for ‘Joker’ Too Good?

Joker is taking the cinema world by storm as it continues to premiere at film festivals and rock movie critics’ worlds. But there’s a consensus between some critics that Joker‘s dark storytelling is so well-made that it may actually inspire more violence in the United States.

With mass shootings occurring every day and movie theater shootings have happened in the past critics fear that Joker‘s tale of a man on the brink of sanity finally deciding to go off and kill a whole bunch of people may inspire others with the same philosophy to follow The Joker’s playbook, which would be HORRIBLE.

And, as people prepare for the film’s premiere this Thursday is Texas US Army military has found “credible” evidence that certain individuals are considering “the targeting of an unknown movie theater during the release” on the dark web. Costumes, face masks, and paint has also been banned at all movie theaters for moviegoers and employees for the film. Yeah, the fear surrounding this film’s disturbing message is no joke.

Yes, we love a good story that strikes us in our very core but Joker may have taken things a little too far.

Want to read more about what critics are saying about the film? Click the link here.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a very good day.

QI’RA: Chapter Forty-Two

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Nienye was sitting in a nightclub, the neon lights, loud music, rowdy inhabitants, and clouds of smoke assaulting his senses. This was where Ruthless Kruul had said he’d meet him.

He had gotten to the establishment nearly thirty minutes ago and Kruul was nowhere to be found. He had hired the bounty hunter upon their arrival on Coruscant because Kruul was supposed to be an efficient killer who got his job done quickly. But Qi’ra was a formidable warrior. One of the best he had ever seen. What if Kruul wasn’t able to defeat her? The thought was terrifying, to say the least, for Qi’ra wasn’t one you wanted to have on your bad side. Continue reading QI’RA: Chapter Forty-Two

The Dark Knight Lives (FIVE)

Commissioner Gordon was speeding down the street in his police car, Lieutenant Lynx swaying wildly in the passenger seat as he swerved through traffic. A call had just come in about a brutal murder scene in an abandoned courthouse down in Old Gotham. He wanted him and his unit to get down there before the news channels arrived to report on the crime scene which would surely send the city’s inhabitants into greater discourse.

It only took two minutes to get the courthouse but for Gordon, it felt like forever. Before the car had even fully come to a stop Lieutenant Lynx was getting out of the car, her handheld gun unholstered and at the ready as she made her way to the stranded building. Continue reading The Dark Knight Lives (FIVE)

My Sister’s Opinion: The Proof that Kylo Ren Told Rey the Truth About her Parents

My sister arrives to deliver yet another delve into the theory zone about Rey and her position in this story. This time she points to one of the greatest debates of the sequel trilogy; Rey’s parentage. Enjoy!

One of the hottest questions in the entire Sequel Trilogy has concerned the lineage of Rey, whether she is a Skywalker, a Palpatine (which is technically a Skywalker), Ezra Bridger’s granddaughter, or a clone. And I’m sure there are even more theories on her origins.

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It has been such a searing query that even when it was answered in The Last Jedi via Kylo Ren, who told Rey her parents had died as “nobodies” on Jakku, the question has persisted–so much that J.J Abrams has confirmed that Rey’s “heritage issue” will be resolved in The Rise of Skywalker.

Now, here’s the thing: it’s already been “resolved”. Right? I mean, Rian Johnson seemed adamant that he wanted the revelation of Rey’s parentage to be the exact opposite to Luke’s. Luke Skywalker discovered his father was a force-wielding giant, Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker, whereas Rey learned her parents were filthy junk-traders who sold her to Unkar Plutt for another bout at the bar.

And many people were bummed when they heard Kylo Ren utter these words in The Last Jedi. So much, even, that they think he was lying (including my sister).

But here’s the reason he wasn’t.

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In The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke has been defeated by Darth Vader in the Cloud City, Darth Vader tells him that he is his father. Remember, Luke first says, “That’s not true. That’s impossible!”

Darth Vader: “Search your feelings, you know it to be true.”

And Luke immediately understands that he is indeed his son and shouts in anguish.

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It’s the same way for Rey. Remember, Kylo Ren begins by saying, “Do you want to know the truth about your parents? Or have you always known?” As he gazes at her, he realizes that she already knows, so he continues, “And you’ve just hidden it away. You know the truth. Say it.” She doesn’t respond instantly so he says it again, “Say it.”

And out of her own mouth, without any influence from Kylo Ren, no mind tricks, she states, “They were nobody.”

Then Kylo Ren begins to communicate what she already knows.

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When you examine Luke’s account alongside Rey’s, they are incredibly similar. Even their dismissals of joining the Dark Side. It just so happens that because we yearned for a bigtime revelation like Luke’s, we can’t accept Rey’s which is so…lackluster. Like Kylo Ren said, she has no place in this story.

We’ll just have to see if J.J Abrams will uphold this scene in The Last Jedi and maintain Rey’s “nobody” status…which probably won’t happen considering all evidence points to the fact that she is the granddaughter, or distant relative, of Sheev Palpatine.

Whatever the case, he wasn’t lying y’all!

Now, of course, this is my sister’s theory, which actually makes a lot of sense. However, I wrote a post last June sharing my own theory about the exact same scene and why I believe Kylo Ren is lying which you can read here: I Have the Proof That Kylo Ren Didn’t Tell the Full Truth About Rey’s Parents.

I thank you for reading My Sister’s Opinion and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the Force be with you.

What’s Your Favorite Empire Magazine Cover for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’?

Empire Magazine’s next issue arriving on October 3 is all about the upcoming Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker, and of course the issues have three tantalizing covers to observe. For this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I wanted to delve into these covers and ask you which is your favorite? Enjoy!

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Kylo Ren looks expectedly fierce with his pieced together helmet and his red lightsaber drawn and clashed with Rey’s in a shower of sparks. Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Empire Magazine Cover for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’?