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Review: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’

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Rating: 5 stars

*Spoilers ahead*

Critics everywhere had no idea what was coming in the final chapter of the “How to Train Your Dragon” series, called “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” directed by Dean DeBlois. The movie’s theme is about growing up, being ready for the unknown, and how nothing can ever “train” you to let go. I’ve been a fan of the series since the first installment came out back in 2010, and the second installment, “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” back in 2014. My favorite movie in the series is definitely this one because of its storyline and the main themes of the film in general.

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a heartwarming story about the end of Hiccup and his dragon Toothless’s story. It starts off with Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his companions rescuing dragons from a raid camp and taking them to a dragon utopia called Berk. Later on in the story, we see our main villain of the movie, a dragon hunter named Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), who was hired by some criminals to kill Toothless. They don’t respond till later on when Hiccup starts to know about Grimmel and what he is capable of.

I personally think the movie started and ended extremely strong. Specifically, the movie was very emotional in a lot of scenes. For example, near the end of the movie, I almost cried tears threatened to fall when Hiccup let Toothless go after the battle against Grimmel. That’s good example because some movies have that exact same scenario. Another emotional moment was when Toothless met the female dragon for the first time, as that was just adorable in my opinion because that’s when Toothless fell in love with the Light Fury. Love scenes are always cute to me, whether the movie is live action or animated.   

I have never really been a big fan of finales to a good movie series, because it’s always so sad to see them end. That is how I feel about the “How To Train Your Dragon” series ending, because it lasted for almost 10 years and Dreamworks has decided to stop making them at the threequel, just like “Madagascar.” I’ve seen some good final chapter movies in my day, but this one was the most emotional and heartwarming, due to the great plot and characters I’ve grown to love in this series. This is hands-down one of the best conclusions to a movie series ever! It could’ve lasted longer, but I understand why this series would reach its epic conclusion—I just didn’t know it would be so soon.

If you’re a fan of this series like I am, I suggest you watch “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” just to see how the story ends. Fair warning, it will make you cry your heart out!

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