Review: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World lives up to expectations


Nicole Perdigon, News Editor

When How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was first announced back in Dec. of 2016, I was beyond excited, and the movie was well worth the wait. I was skeptical going in that the  movie would be able to live up to such high expectations, as the first two movies blew me away and were such a strong part of my childhood. For me, the movie was like a well made time-capsule that brought me back to my childhood, and overall did justice to the series as a whole.

The How To Train Your Dragon series started as an inspirational story of a young viking named Hiccup, who was fighting for a less traditional way of living for his viking community. Nine years and two movies later Hiccup was protecting what he had fought so hard for, making the resolution a perfect end to a heart-warming story.

Some movies fall off track when it comes to plot or a real conclusion, but How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World never did, the last movie proving to be just as good as the others.

Back in 2010, when the first movie was created, something that stuck out and made the movie pop was its amazing animation. Since then, the attention to detail has only gotten better. In one scene, Toothless (the main dragon) was on the beach and behind him you could see individual grains of sand. The attention to detail sticks out in this movie and not only enhances it but makes it clear that the film was worth the wait.

One thing about the movie that I had some trouble with was the rising action to falling action. The movie began a bit slow by introducing the antagonist first, then cutting straight to the flourishing viking city which left me feeling a bit confused because it was unclear at first how these scenes fit into the over-arching theme, however within a few minutes it became clear.

As the movie progressed the rising action continued until about the last thirty minutes. This left little room for the resolution and did make the movie feel a bit rushed, but I still think it was a good movie and was an amazing way to conclude the series.

Some movies, especially sequels, fall off track with the plot or conclusion at one place or another, and although the setting at the beginning felt a bit out of place at first, staying on topic was not something this movie struggled with. The rising actions were well paced even though they may have taken up a little too much time, but the end especially was so well done that it didn’t only do justice to the movie but to the series as a whole.

Into the lost world felt like a tribute to the How to Train Your Dragon series and lived up to all expectations. If you are a fan of this series, this movie will not disappoint.