Directed by Dean DeBlois, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the third instalment in the DreamWorks franchise which is loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The film follows Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his beloved dragon Toothless as all seems well on the island of Berk as Vikings and dragons live together in harmony. Now a Viking leader, Hiccup finds himself increasingly attracted to Astrid (America Ferrera), while Toothless meets an enchanting creature of his own. But when the evil Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) launches a devious plan to wipe out all the dragons, Hiccup must unite both clans to find a hidden land that holds the key to saving Toothless and his flying friends.
This has to be one of the best animated trilogies around. I wasn’t expecting this third instalment to be as good as the first two films, but it really is.
It’s such a beautifully animated franchise and this film is no different. There may be less focus on story, but there’s more of a focus on character, with a lot of development in relationships and references to the importance of family and love (even more so than the others). Because of this, it’s an incredibly warm and heartfelt film with a surprising emotional depth. I definitely shed a few tears at the end.
There are some very funny moments, too, especially the mating dance-off between the dragons, and some great action with even more new types of dragons introduced.
The Hidden World is a lovely and fitting conclusion to a brilliant series of films, one I will happily be rewatching for years to come.