How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

by Michael Cox

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday June 3, 2019

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Though it doesn't surpass its predecessors, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" is a visually stunning and emotionally satisfying conclusion to the decade-long trilogy.

It's adulting time — not just for the young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) but also for his dear companion and best friend, the Night Fury dragon Toothless. And this means marriage.

While it's a given that Hiccup will marry his fellow dragon-rider Astrid (America Ferrera) something wholly unexpected occurs. Hiccup's devoted pet, and dedicated partner in the crusade to save dragons from captivity and death, seems to have found a potential partner as well, and the poor dragon is losing his focus. Toothless, a rare breed of dark-skinned dragons has found a found a rare white skinned counterpart, and more importantly, she's a female in heat.

With his hormones raging, Toothless is torn between loyalty to his master and biological cravings. Meanwhile, a merciless dragon hunter, Grimmel the Grisly (F. Murray Abraham), is in hot pursuit of Hiccup and all the enslaved dragons he has emancipated.

Hiccup realizes that the only way to save hundreds of dragons is to help them find refuge in a hidden world that, up to this point, has only been spoken of in legend. And the only way to hold on to Toothless is to let him go.

As with the previous films, this is written and directed by Dean DeBlois and voiced by Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson and Kristen Wiig. But unlike the other two films, it's a long effort to come to an inevitable conclusion. And the emotional stakes between the boy and his pet are mostly quite low.

The 4K Ultra HD experience is breathtaking though, with startling color and sound. And the bonus features include over an hour of supplementary material, including deleted scenes, an alternate opening and two delightful animated shorts.

"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"

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