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.
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.
A five year gap between this last entry and the previous one was a bit too much. I barely recall the past events.
Regarding this 3rd act, i think the story wasn't the best considering that this is practicaly a farewell. I expected a more emotional storyline, a better ending and the hidden world was almost invisible; a few scenes there and that was all. Also the villain wasn't that great.
sad that the trilogy ends up in a romantic plot about monogamy and patriarchy. however, i still felt moved in the moments between toothless and hiccup and how they paralleled other memorable moments of the previous films