How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brings franchise to a close

Toothless and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Toothless and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

THE third and final instalment of the How To Train Your Dragon franchise will provide fans with an emotional and conclusive end to the trilogy.

In The Hidden World, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has become chief of Berk where dragons and humans live peacefully if chaotically side-by-side.

Following a mission to release a group of dragons from their bandit captors, Berk is threatened by renowned dragon hunter Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) and the town is forced to move in search of the mythical and hidden dragon world.

Meanwhile, Toothless is love stricken when for the first time he meets another dragon just like him only white – a light fury.

Little over four years since the last How To Train Your Dragon film and the animation is even more sophisticated and stunning to watch.

The sequences of flying dragons are the perfect opportunity for the animators to show off their skills with stunning landscapes and a visceral sense of movement that helps keep the pace of the film.

The human characters move so realistically it is almost unsettling, especially when their design is firmly cartoonish.

Ageing Hiccup and his friends have helped to give this franchise a fresh look at a familiar world, even if the main story arch of Hiccup needing to believe in himself to succeed is a well-worn one.

It was somewhat frustrating that the clearly smart and capable characters of Hiccup’s mum Valka (Cate Blanchett) and girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera) mainly exist to help Hiccup discover his leadership skills.

One can’t help feel, if they had taken charge it could all have been sorted much more efficiently.

Hopefully, fans of the series will be satisfied by the tear-jerking conclusion for their favourite characters since seeing the first film in 2010.

THE ESSENTIALS

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett

Three-and-a-half stars

In cinemas January 3