Movies series are always difficult to let go when they are good. It’s been years since a beloved book series turned animated film flew into theaters and brought with it a memorable friendship that has led to merchandising galore. Yes, it’s Dreamworks leading duo of Viking and scales, with the third installment to the trilogy hoping to tie things up nicely. Robbie K back and ready to give you his thoughts on:
Movie: How To Train Your Dragon 3: Hidden World
Expansion of Story
The movie has been all about characters, which in turn has relied on voice acting to bring them to life. Jay, America and the gang have filled the shoes again, adding the emotional depth to the characters who we have grown up with the last decade or so. The movie has taken the foundations and built upon it taking the characters to new levels and helping push them to new frontiers that the series requires. Expanding on the story like it did, this sequel accomplishes the goal of standing on its own, and yet helping the characters evolve into new beings and new stages. It’s all gorgeously done in the animation we have come to love, and this installment has shown that Dreamworks can continue to push the details of their work to new depths and heights to help bring the mythical beasts to life without going too dark.
Yet, this is a movie meant for kids and you might want to know does it still have the effects that made the first two installments special. The answer is yes on many levels. The comedy is still there a good blend of one-liners, banter, slapstick, and adorable, charming presentation that works so well to bring the youthful energy. Not too overdone, but yet not too adult, the comedy does well to support the other components of the story. Emotion runs heavy in this film cascading through the emotional roller coaster depending on the scene. Want the thrill of flying? It’s in there. Need the touching bond between friends? Again it’s in there! Need some other touches? You’ve got that too. The third installment continues to find the ability to infuse the emotions and bring you fully into the scene, especially when one adds the musical score to support the visuals. It works very well, because the writers have found balance of many aspects and it works beautifully to bring all the ages and fans together for the latest ride to the film.
New Dragon Designs
The Trailer Syndrome
For once I actually wanted a movie longer, more so because of some of the other areas I wanted to see improved in this film. One of these is to get more of that action and thrill that the first two had, the sense of flying into the heart of danger, or through the skies in the daring mission. Hidden World has these components, but some of the moments didn’t quite have the impact the first two installments did for me. In addition, I had hoped for a few new dragons that held the designs of those in the journals, getting glimpses of designs that break the molds from those seen before. It did this somewhat, but I’d have liked to see a few more changes to the mold. All of these are minder areas for me the majors are next.
The Villain is not the worst and I didn’t hate it, after all the look and malice ooze from him in terms of design and acting. Yet, the part that failed is I don’t think he had quite the same texture and depth that the previous villains held. This guy has build up and some impressive skill sets, but I felt that they didn’t quite deliver the terrifying components that they wanted, sort of diluting the villain for the film. Again, good for the most part, but no quite having the same punch I had expected it. Yet the biggest thing I held, was that the trailers have given you most of the endings, so if you have the trailer memorized you have much of the film’s ending laid out for you. So, while it is a good prep for those who are trying to get their kids ready for it, guys like me don’t like having everything laid out for you.
Truth is, the third movie didn’t meet the first one for me in terms of all the wonders I had, but it certainly accomplishes much and as a movie sequel is very, very good. I hands down love this sequel and found it having the balance the series is famous for, but yet expanding up on it. With fantastic storytelling, animation that brings it to life, and all the emotions for both adults and kids to love, this series ends on a mighty roar that will take many to new heights and leave you feeling many things by the end of the film. It did not deliver to the same extent on some things, but the movie hands down took all the made it special and capitalized it. I loved much of this movie and encourage many to come enjoy the experience in theaters.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 8.0-8.5