‘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