Random Article


 
Event News
 

REVIEW: How To Train Your Dragon : The Hidden World – A Touching Ending to Hiccup and Toothless’ Odyssey

 
 
Overview
 

Directed by: Dean DeBlois
 
Produced by: Bradford Lewis, p.g.a., Bonnie Arnold, p.g.a.
 
Written By: Dean DeBlois
 
Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, F. Murray Abraham, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Justin Rupple
 
MTRCB Rating: PG
 
Genre: , ,
 
FG RATING
6.8
6.8/ 10


User Rating
10 total ratings

 

Raves


Astounding visuals and score that's tightly knitted up by Hiccup and Toothless' friendship.

Rants


Cramped up all into one huge plot with too many message to tell.


The last film of the #HowToTrainYourDragon trilogy came in full circle — from the humble beginnings of the chief’s son unto becoming the saviour of dragons from slavers. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), alongside with his ever loyal Night Fury “Toothless”, lead the people of Berk to become the first dragon-human community, both beautiful and chaotic in […]

0
Posted February 18, 2019 by

 
FULL REVIEW
 
 

The last film of the #HowToTrainYourDragon trilogy came in full circle — from the humble beginnings of the chief’s son unto becoming the saviour of dragons from slavers. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), alongside with his ever loyal Night Fury “Toothless”, lead the people of Berk to become the first dragon-human community, both beautiful and chaotic in its very Vikings’ way. The most dangerous threat their village has yet to face coincides with the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury. Hiccup and Toothless must leave their only home and venture to a hidden world thought only to exist in legends.

 

The film packs the emotional bulk of the events that transpired throughout the entire saga, finding one parent while losing one in the process, moments of bravery and loyalty. It somehow felt that it was cramped up all into one huge plot. There are also certain scenes that seems unnecessary, making it feel a bit more grown-up than those that have come before. Although the story itself stayed true to its core. The bond made by Hiccup and Toothless, one that transcends language and distance, save it from grace.

On the characters’ side, Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) represents an improvement over the second film’s warlord Drago, although it’s a shame when one of the things that made the original so great was the way it dealt with its characters’ conflicting beliefs and the very real challenge of overhauling a society’s entire way of thinking. It just seems too convenient to have an addictive poison/drug to the Night Fury killer from the get-go.

While Astrid has long pushed Hiccup to believe in himself, she has risen to her calling as a fellow leader, challenging Hiccup to carve out a name for himself and become the man their people need him to be. Viking notables such as Fishlegs, Snotlout who’s constantly bragging to Eret, son of Eret, has become the second in command to the Chief. And the self-obsessed twins, Tuffnut and Ruffnut made everyone laugh in their egotistical naivety.

John Powell’s score elevate memorable scenes — from a delightfully clumsy courtship dance to a high-flying sequence that might later be considered the two dragons’ official first date — lends itself to long passages with little or no dialogue.

The visuals outclass anything we’ve seen before, to such a degree that we might almost overlook the subtler innovations in the character animation: the nuances of expression on both the human and reptilian faces, and the wonderful nonverbal tactics the artists use to convey emotional intricacies neither Hiccup nor Toothless has had to communicate before, all of which pays off in an unforgettable final scene.

All in all, the series’ coup de grace has always been the relation of Toothless and Hiccup, then the gorgeous, atmospheric visuals and score, the final installment continues those attribute but fall flat on the other key areas.

 

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be in cinemas February 20, 2019.

Photo Credits: United International Pictures


Crisman Malahito

 


0 Comments



Be the first to comment!


Leave a Response

(required)