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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Dreamworks/TNS

Dreamworks/TNS

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

DAMARA GILLETT, Staff Writer

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As DreamWorks’ most beloved movie franchise comes to a conclusion, one question arises: did How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World serve as a fitting end to the movie trilogy?

And the answer to that is — yes. The CGI animation is absolutely breathtaking, and the main characters evolve and grow throughout the film. Astrid and Hiccup, the main couple of the series, continue to provide support for one another and grow as individuals.

Hiccup and his dragon Toothless also face growth throughout the film, especially when a female Light Fury is introduced, whom Toothless becomes enamored with.

Grimmel the Grisly, a dragon hunter with a history of eliminating all the other Night Furies besides Toothless, is smart, charismatic, motivated, and determined to succeed at the task of ridding the world of dragons. He proved to be an effective and threatening villain for the protagonists, and always was one step ahead of Hiccup and the people of Berk in whatever move they chose to make.

If there is one weakness that should be noted about the film, it would have to be some of the supporting cast. It’s especially unfortunate in the cases of the series’ comic relief: Snotlout and the fraternal twins, Ruffnut and Tuffnut, who really don’t get an arc to develop as characters.  Their comedic moments often dampen otherwise touching scenes, and there is an especially cringey ongoing joke involving Snotlout that grew old after it was done a few too many times. Fishlegs also doesn’t get much screen time, and none of the characters exclusive to the expanded TV tie-ins get even one mention. This won’t be much of an issue for those only familiar with the movies however.

With characters we’ve all grown to love evolving to become the best versions of themselves, sweet flashbacks that ought to bring a tear to the eye, and a very powerful lesson about love and loss, How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World overshadows it’s flaws with a beautifully told final chapter to the the movie trilogy.

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