How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World Review


Sara Rott, Staff Writer

Amazing, stunning and beautiful are a few of the words to describe this touching heartfelt finale.

All good things must come to an end. This holds true with the highly anticipated sequel to “How to Train Your Dragon,” and it is sure to be a tear jerker.

We all fell in love with Hiccup, a scrawny young viking who was unlike everyone in his village. Instead of killing a dragon, he befriended him and the two went on daring adventures. Hiccup changed the course of his village’s history by uniting the vikings and dragons in peace.

“How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World” is an epic conclusion to the series. We watch as the movie wraps up loose ends. The length of the film is one hour and 44 minutes, but time just flew by in this fantasy action animated feature.

The movie opens up with a hilarious stealth mission gone wrong as Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid and the dragon riders rescue a handful of dragons from raiders. After an epic fight scene, Hiccup leads everyone back to Berk with his opening monologue of village life. Hiccup is now chief and ruler of the chaotic village that is now invaded with an insane amount of dragons. When a female dragon, Light Fury, arrives, she grabs the attention of Toothless, which brings unwanted attention and threats to the vikings of Berk.

Grimmel, the villain, is a dragon hunter who believes all dragons should be exterminated and is responsible for the disappearance of all Night Furys, except for Toothless.

Hiccup must make the decision to leave the only home they’ve ever known to keep his people and the dragons safe. They journey to the ends of the earth to find the “Hidden World” that only existed in myths. Of course, along the way, they encounter laughs, love and heartache. Plus. you can’t help but giggle at the flirting skills of Toothless.

The movie stars Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid and Cate Blanchett as Valka, Hiccup’s mother. Kristen Wiig and T.J. Miller play everyone’s favorite twins, Ruffnut and Tuffnut. The all-star cast continues as Jonah Hill stars as Snotlout and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs. The movie also flashes back to when Hiccup was a young boy listening to Stoick the Vast stories played by Gerard Butler. Along with our protagonists, F. Murray Abraham plays the antagonist Grimmel the Grisly. These actors bring life to the animated characters that we all know.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” was directed and written by Dean DeBlois and Cressida Cowell. The franchise is based upon the “How to Train Your Dragon” book series. Cressida Cowell also helped write the first two movies, and has definitely done an amazing job of wrapping up the touching story of a dragon and his best friend. It was also really sweet to see this final film make so many references to the first one that started it all.

The film has so much heart that it will make you grin from ear to ear. If you grew up with this movie, then the ending will surely bring you closure and joy. Whether it’s the hilarious characters or the love between Hiccup and Toothless, this movie will pull you in. It’s not hard to see; this is a truly beautiful movie.