Title: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
Directed by: Dean DeBlois
Written by: Dean DeBlois
Based on: How to Train Your Dragons by Cressida Cowell
Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington, Justin Rupple, and Julia Emelin
Music by: John Powell
Genres: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Running Time: 104 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humour
Production Company: DreamWorks Animation
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.
The year 2019 starts with a favourite of mine, which is How to Train Your Dragon. I think Toothless is the cutest dragon. Not only he is the cutest, but he can be the coolest dragon too. In How to Tran Your Dragon 2 (2014), he became the Alpha of all dragons. How cool is that? How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World seems to conclude all the journey between Hiccup and Toothless. I am very excited about this film since its teaser trailer and the official trailer, not to mention the promotional clip between Kit Harington and Toothless is so darn cute that I can’t wait to see the film. I am so happy when I found out the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is faster than any other countries. I am super duper happy about it.
Before I began with the film, let me introduce you to Toothless first. Toothless is Night Fury dragon in which one of the rarest dragon of all. He is one of the main reasons why this franchise is very lovable to all fans. He is strong yet so adorable. I can continue on and on about Toothless but I don’t think that’s fair. Let us move on and talk about the whole film. I know I should have posted this review before Captain Marvel (2019) because I have watched How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World first. By the second week of January, this film is released in Indonesia.
Let me tell you, 2019 is a good year for films but it also means the end of eras. Many franchise films and series ended this year. To begin with, How to Train Your Dragon franchise will also end. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Dragon is the last film from the franchise. At least that’s how I gather from the overall story of the film. I will be very surprised if there’s any continuation.
The overall story is very good, if not very touching. I don’t know if the story is necessary or not, but it probably is. The relationship between Hiccup and Toothless got stronger. It was nice to see how after all these years, their relationship and bond put into test. Well, every hurdle is a test, so I am just going to say it as tests. The story of how they overcome each hurdle is what made the story strong and interesting. It made Hiccup’s and Toothless’ friendship full of meaning. Their bond really made the film alive and after all these years, I am surprised that I am still feeling excited to see their friendship. And as always, the filmmakers were able to capture the cute side of Toothless and his cool side as well. They combined it very well and made it into a very strong story.
“With love comes loss, son. It’s part of the deal. Sometimes it hurts, but, in the end, it’s all worth it. There’s no greater gift than love.” – Stoick
Like all story, it’s not always happy. Sometimes there’s also sadness and tension in it. So does How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. I think the scriptwriters managed to do a great job in combining all elements in the film. Thus making the film more enjoyable and exciting. Every element was well thought. Nothing too exaggerate. Of course, I would like to change some stories but we cannot get all we want, right? The ending is quite fitting as well. Some funny elements were added as always, therefore making some of the dialogue funny, even the act as well.
Not enough with one Toothless, this time they made two Toothless. Well, actually two Night Furies, making it double cuteness overload. The light fury is white colour, in contrast with Toothless who is black in colour. Of course, I like Toothless’ colour because well, I love black. But I like the idea of making the other Night Fury as white because it does look more feminine than black. Thus we can understand that this one is a girl and will be Toothless’ girlfriend by the end of the day. I kind of not excited about Light Fury because I think the idea of Toothless being the last Night Fury is somewhat cool, but then again, I don’t mind seeing more Night Furies. They are the cutest of all the dragons and Toothless is the coolest of them all. He is a King anyway. We even learn new things about Toothless again. He really never ceases to make us all wonder—or perhaps the filmmakers.
I hope How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World can win an Oscar next year. I mean, the film is just awesomely good. The story is great. The animation is wonderful. Like before, my intention of watching this film is to see Toothless. I mean, come on, he is just so cute. Like super adorable. I wish I can have a dragon just like him. It would be awesome. People always compare Baymax with Toothless, which one will I choose. Well, it’s hard to choose. Both are very cute and both have their own advantages. However, if I have to really really choose, I will choose Toothless. First, because he is a living thing. Second, because he will not only make a better company but also good transportation. I can ride on him and fly anywhere.
Overall, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a good film. It is a film that you can enjoy with your family. Children will be excited about the film as well. The actors and actresses have done a great job in voicing all the characters in the film. Everything fits perfectly. The animation is great. The filmmakers have done a great job. If this is the end of How to Train Your Dragon franchise, this film is a good closure. Very much emotional.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World worth 8.5 out of 10 stars. While of course, I give Toothless 10 stars!