Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon 3
Based on the Books by
Written and Directed by
From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously
chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury
coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and
Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world
thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and
rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything
they’ve grown to treasure.
Training to Let Go
The Hidden World Begins
How to Train Your Dragon series architect Dean DeBlois has an undeniable passion for bringing dreamlike flights and astonishing tales to the big screen. He is equally focused on allowing the wondrous worlds he dreams up to serve as a backdrop for intimate stories that speak to the most human of conditions—finding the strength to follow your convictions, trusting love when it comes along…and grappling with when it’s time to let go.
For DeBlois’ imaginations of Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless—who live in one of the cinematic universe’s most famous Viking villages—their journey on the big screen has mirrored key moments in his own life and of those to whom he is close. The writer/director’s keen sense of adventure, wide-eyed imagination and unique ability to explore simultaneously deep joy and heartbreaking loss has given his avatars a life beyond the screen. They’ve become an enchanting part of our own world, regularly drawing in new fans who revel in the franchise’s emotional and psychological depth.
Since audiences last met the people of Berk, the villagers have seen their sleepy hamlet become awash in messy, astonishing dragons. This new normal—no matter how beautiful, noisy and delightful—has become unsustainable. “A perennial underdog, Hiccup is now the rookie chief of his tribe,” DeBlois says. “He’s partnered with Toothless, who is the rookie alpha of the largest flock of dragons on Earth. Together, they’ve been instructed by Hiccup’s mother, Valka, in the arts of dragon rescue…while Hiccup has fashioned armor made out of Toothless’ scales. They spend their time attacking trappers’ barges, freeing dragons and whisking them back to their overcrowded island.”
Now that Hiccup, the most unlikely of Nordic chieftains, has defeated the villainous Drago and laid his father to rest, he wonders if he has achieved his boyhood dream of the perfect dragon-human existence. Quickly, however, this utopia is proving to be untenable…for two-legged and two-winged creatures alike. The bucolic isle is running out of room, and with the vast number of dragons underfoot and overhead, the formerly quiet village is beyond madness.
But a far more dangerous threat looms on the horizon. The increasing visibility of dragons in their world has exposed the magical creatures to those with a much darker agenda. Freedom, it seems, has come at a cost. “As a young leader, Hiccup’s taken on the burden of figuring out where dragons must go,” DeBlois says. “Still, his hidden fear is that he’s ultimately unworthy without the creature who saved and defines him. He’s missing the fact that Astrid, who is very worthy and capable, not only sees that in him…but wants to be his partner and relied upon. She is attempting to shed light onto Hiccup’s problem of letting go, and feels that he shouldn’t stop the natural course of Toothless finding his own destiny.”
While the filmmaker created the last chapter to serve as Hiccup’s coming-of-age story, from tenacious runt of the litter to growingly wise chieftain, DeBlois knew that the key to The Hidden World was in exploring how the Viking’s relationship with Toothless would bend the arc of their shared destiny. We find a Hiccup grappling with putting first the needs of his dearest companion, even though he knows he must eventually let his best friend go.
The Squad Has New Threads!
Toothless meets his Bae!❤️️😱😍
And he acts like such an adorable goof around her! hahaha!
Call of the Wild
Meet the Light Fury
Once Toothless first encounters the Light Fury (so named by Astrid)—a stunning and shimmering all-white dragon who exists on pure instinct—our alpha male finds himself pulled to the wild world from which she comes and will assuredly return. “Toothless is conflicted by loyalty, but he’s drawn to what is so natural,” says DeBlois. “For him, that’s embodied by the Light Fury; she offers an innocent existence untainted by humans.”
This full-circle moment is a bittersweet one for the best friends who’ve grown so dependent upon one another. “Before Toothless and Hiccup came together, humans and dragons saw each other as enemies,” Lewis says. “Only through their meeting did they affect each other’s world. Now, Toothless is doing the same thing as an alpha dragon that Hiccup has done in Berk. They’re confronting what the natural place is for every creature—for Toothless to live a full-dragon life and vice-versa.”
In the producer’s mind, the Light Fury serves two functions. “She’s a clarion reminder that wild dragons will attack a human when they see them, and that when you find love, that’s where you belong. Light Fury is a lioness drawing Toothless back to the savanna.”
That said, DeBlois admits that any stranger breaking up our star couple had to be both likable and spectacular. “The Light Fury promises a family and the propagation of Toothless’ species,” he says. “She’s essentially there to lure Toothless back into the wild and to his rightful home. To make sure the audience is not resentful of Light Fury, we had to give her such a charming and distinct personality that she’d win us over. These are wordless transitions in animation, and imbuing her with these characteristics required our hitting familiar marks for humans.”
3D Printed Light Fury with Heart-Shaped Tail❤️️🐲
Hiccup grows a Beard
Berk under Chief Hiccup
While Light Fury is the principal new headliner in the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Hidden World offers long-time fans and curious newcomers a plethora of beloved favorites and terrifying new villains. The characters with alpha instincts on Berk are as numerous as the dragons, but their impulses are fortunately restrained by Hiccup’s leadership.
That juxtaposition makes life on the island very curious, and we find the villagers more committed to Hiccup than ever before. Now a clutch of dragon rescuers known as the Dragon Riders, all of Hiccup’s friends have newly upgraded armor that reflects the unspoken bond with his or her dragon.
As arguably the most fearless Viking to ever walk the shores of Berk, Astrid (her dragon is Stormfly, a Deadly Nadder) has long pushed, cajoled and encouraged Hiccup to believe in himself. She has risen to her calling as a fellow leader, challenging Hiccup to celebrate Stoick the Vast’s accomplishments, but also to carve out a name for himself and become the man their people need him to be. Arnold explains: “Hiccup sees Astrid through rose-colored glasses, but he’s also quite distracted when Toothless meets the love of his life and he starts to feel left behind. Astrid underscores that she is right in front of Hiccup…but she won’t wait forever for him to get it together.”
Really, truly a magical tale & ending to this beautiful trilogy. I hope this isn’t the end & I would love another season of the How To Train Your Dragon Animated TV Series that’s currently on Netflix.
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