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.
#267 " Legend says that when the ground quakes, or lava spews from the earth, it’s the dragons, letting us know they’re still here, waiting for us to figure out how to get along. Yes, the world believes the dragons are gone, if they ever existed at all. But we Berkians, we know otherwise. And we’ll guard this secret until the time comes when dragons can return in peace."
This entry brings back some of the awe and visual splendor that made the original so memorable. Sadly, the rest of the film is an inconsistent mess. The characters and overall tone seem to change with the wind. It has so many subplots, they literally interrupt each other, and few of the potential arcs and morals are fully realized. Even the ending lacks punch and comes off as a mere cliché.