How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World wraps up the film series and delivers a better ending than Even Hiccup and Toothless could have hoped for.
Hiccup’s dream of humans and dragons living together in harmony has never been an easy journey. Each film has had its challenges to overcome from befriending dragons to leaders and loved ones passing away.
The Hidden World comes with its own unforeseen difficulties that push the boundaries of the Berkians wisdom and uncharted territories.
The Hidden World takes off with the Dragon Riders landing on the deck of a trappers ship. They launch a heroic rescue mission freeing captured dragons. In all their goof and glory the gang is back with new high tech dragon scale suits and a flame sword.
The usual clumsy Dragon Riders provide comic relief between the Oohs and Ahhs of Hiccup and Toothless’ skilled moves. As the heroes leave in a frantic escape one dragon is still caged and left behind unknown by Hiccup’s crew.
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Back at the small isle of Berk things have changed for the bigger and better. The dragon population has grown exponentially and there appears to be little room left as houses tumble off the cliff’s edge like dominoes.
Struggling to grow, Hiccup and Astrid’s relationship seems to have plateaued as Hiccup is needled by his peers about taking the next step over the threshold, becoming Chief and Chieftess.
In a hideaway, the trappers join together to plot their counter moves against the Dragon Riders of Berk. They hire Grimmel, a lanky Night Fury slayer who is surprised to find out that two Night Furys have escaped his wrath. A proper villain you like to hate, Grimmel is crafty and enjoys the hunt.
The trickery and mind games begin as Grimmel makes the first move putting the white Night Fury in play.
Toothless takes notice.
She’s the only one of his kind and he immediately falls in love with her while also avoiding a fall into a trap hidden under the forest floor leaves. Hiccup discovers a tranquilizer dart nearby which a peer recognizes as Grimmel’s handy work.
With a bigger threat looming, Hiccup begins having flashbacks about a place that’s off the map his father called The Hidden World of Dragons. This could be a final solution for Hiccup’s dream of dragons and humans living together peacefully.
As the previous films in the series have shown difficult decisions can lead to growth and maturity. Hiccup and his friends have grown up before our eyes throughout the series and some of the hardest decisions are yet to come in The Hidden World.
With three entangled love stories between humans and dragons, Hiccup and Astrid, and Toothless and the Light Fury there are plenty of good feelings and happy endings to satisfy the most enthusiastic of dragon training fans.
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The Hidden World top movie star voices are Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, F. Murray Abraham, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Justin Rupple, Gerard Butler, and more. Featured Animation ranks this movie a 4 on a scale from 1 to 5.