Verdict: A fitting finale that’s as visually stunning as it is charming. 

It has been nearly a decade since How To Train Your Dragon came out in 2010 and became a massive phenomenon. It has been a long wait for the third film since the last one released more than five years ago. But now that How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has finally arrived, it is here to bid farewell as it brings the animated film franchise to a close.

What’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World About: 

Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has almost created his ideal utopia in Berk where dragons and humans peacefully co-exist. But their way of living is threatened by a ruthless dragon hunter (F. Murray Abraham) who is after Hiccup’s dragon, Toothless, one of the rarest dragons – a Night Fury. They have to set out in search of the Hidden World, the mythical homeland of all dragons that may or may not exist. When the arrival of a female Night Fury draws Toothless away, Hiccup has to find his own way as chief and lead his fellow Vikings out of danger.

What Works:

Over the years, the audiences who saw the first film and became instant fans have grown up and so have the characters. While they still remain goofy, all of them have also had to mature with the circumstances. Hiccup has to make hard decisions, his relationship with Astrid (America Ferrara) has developed, and his bond with Toothless remains as strong as ever.

That’s not to say that the film is all serious. How could it be when the ongoing rivalry of the Thorston twins exist – with Ruffnut (Justin Rupple) sporting an obviously fake flowing beard that’s central to his identity and Tuffnut (Kristen Wiig) believing her charms to be irresistible to men. Then there’s Snotlout Jorgenson (Jonah Hill), an overconfident man who’s in love with Hiccup’s mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett) who’s ready to take over Hiccup’s place any time.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is worth watching just for its gorgeous visuals that will take your breath away. From the colorful flurry of Berk to the starry night skies, there are many scenes that have you marveling at the beauty of the landscape. The film also features a stunning score by returning composer John Powell, which perfectly complements the emotional highs and lows of the scenes.

What Could’ve Been Better:

Although the film features some predictable moments, it’s easy to look past them and simply follow the character arcs. The film also might be more rewarding for those who have seen the previous films, but it’s not a necessity to enjoy this one. 

Why You Should Watch:  

The How To Train Your Dragon finale is an animated wonder that wraps up a beautiful message about growing up and moving on. With 3D visuals made for the big screen, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is an adventure that takes you on a thrilling journey that soars high till the very end.