Much like The Lion King 2, the film explores the journey from boyhood to manhood, from submissiveness to leadership. The problem nowadays, this just comes across as patriarchal and heteronormative. The animation is as stunning as ever, the characters are engaging as always, but the narrative lacks depth. It relies on formula rather than experimentation and the political allegory on 'home' is muddled.
I don't like to post reviews of films I abandoned halfway through but unlike the other entries, that had lots of quality even if they're not great by any means, I knew from the first minute there was something wrong and terribly boring here. And as the film progressed with it's Barden knock-off villain, it only got worse. It's sad when you don't really care about characters you've seen growing up and maturing.
Visually, the series remains unrivaled. There’s an impressive texture to the elements that blend perfectly with the gorgeous digital photography. Emotionally, however, this is the weakest entry, a somewhat flat narrative lacking in depth, missing a golden opportunity to close the trilogy on a high note.
While not as dynamic as the second film or as beautifully simple as the first, The Hidden World provides a moving conclusion to the story. The growing love between Toothless and Lightfury is beautiful, they are so adorable together. Animation details in the sand and facial hair remain mindblowing. Goodbye broke my heart, a simple action that started a friendship reversed and gone.
A significant improvement over the pro-fascist parable of HTTYD2, the best way to train your dragon is to take off their saddle and let them party in their underground boreal glow in the dark hidden world
relatively unsurprising conclusion to a brilliant family series. didn't succumb to the Shrek 3 curse. i'd watch again just for the BEAUTIFUL coda. i'd watch the 4th in the series if it follows the path we're left with.