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.
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 Incredibles, The Lion King, Toy Story, Up, Frozen, Spider-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.
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