There will be spoilers for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in this review.
Since the first How To Train Your Dragon came out in 2010, I’ve been in love. I’ve always had a soft spot for animals, and fictional dragons are absolutely no exception. Toothless, the main dragon, is essentially just a dog and cat combined, but he can breathe fire.
I’ve seen the previous two How To Train Your Dragon movies in theaters, and recently, the third one was released. This one still followed the ongoing story of Hiccup, and the last night fury, Toothless. After the first and second movie, Vikings and dragons have come to a type of harmony in Berk, where Hiccup and Toothless live.
In this movie, Hiccups father has died, and he has become the Cheif of Berk, and Toothless has become the alpha dragon. This movie’s main conflict was the original dragon hunter who killed all the other dragons that were the same species as Toothless. The idea of a man trying to kill dragons was enough to make me cry.
Toothless also got a girlfriend in this movie, which was quite possibly the best part. Toothless on his own is so unbelievably cute, but when you put a white, sparkly version of him on the screen, it gets a thousand times cuter.
There is a scene towards the beginning of the movie where Toothless first interacts with his girlfriend, the Light Fury, and it’s basically just a five-minute scene of two dragons “flirting” with each other. It was so cute, funny and oddly relatable. I never thought I would say that I could relate to a dragon, but this movie proved otherwise.
Overall the movie was so much better than I had expected. There is only so much that can be done with a three movie, cartoon franchise, but the creators of this movie really pushed the boundaries.
I don’t cry a lot during cartoons, mostly just because they usually don’t hit quite as close to home, but this one really pulled my heartstrings. For probably the last ten to fifteen minutes of the movie, I cried. Not just a couple of tears. Full on crying. All because of how cute and bittersweet the end was.
In the end, Hiccup and the other Vikings couldn’t live with the dragons and sent Toothless to the hidden dragon world they discovered, where he could rule over all the dragons with his “mate,” the light fury. The idea of this human-animal relationship, that they’d built up over three entire movies, suddenly being broken just destroyed my emotions. It was too bittersweet.
Then at the very end, five or so years into the future, Hiccup and his wife and kids were on a boat in the ocean, and they saw Toothless with the light fury, and baby dragons. My heart melted at the sight of baby dragons, which caused me to cry even harder. They then reunited and the movie ended with Toothless and Hiccup’s separate families being reunited.
I grew up with these movies. The first one came out when I was nine, and I’ve loved them ever since. I have a stuffed animal version of both the night fury and the light fury, which could potentially be why I cried so much. I’ve loved these movies since I was little, so much like the ending, the ending of this trilogy was bittersweet to me.
I’d have to say that this was one of the best endings to a trilogy I’ve seen in a while. In all fairness, it is a kids movie which makes it a little bit easier to end, but nonetheless, it was fantastic.
I wouldn’t recommend this movie for the faint of heart. If you get emotionally attached to fake animals, don’t go. You’ll cry. Other than that, this movie is great for almost anyone. It’s funny, cute, and heartwarming, and a fantastic movie for the entire family.