(This review may contain slight spoilers.)
The Hidden World was the perfect ending to the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, as we see in the end both Hiccup and Toothless grow up to be the brave man (dragon) they really are.
The movie begins off with a rescue mission with all our favorite characters (Hiccup, Astrid, Snotlout, Ruffnut and Tuffnut, Fishlegs, and their respective dragons) and transitions to magnificent images of Berk, now a dragon haven. But before the opening credits roll, it teases us with the image of the light fury, remaining undiscovered on the cargo ship.
There is, however, an unforeseeable danger brewing for both Hiccup and the dragons: Grimmel, the dragon hunter responsible for bringing the night furies into near extinction, who is already determined to exterminate all dragons.
Hiccup, now chieftain of Berk, decides that it is no longer safe for the dragons to stay in their little area of the world, and orders a complete evacuation in hopes of finding the Hidden World, a tale his father Stoick told him when Hiccup was a kid.
Throughout the journey, Toothless finds the Light Fury and tries to impress her with his “dancing” skills.
(I have to warn you that this is the most comical laugh out loud scene you will ever see in theaters, and I shamelessly laughed for all of it.)
So that was the basic plotline of the Hidden World, but what worked so well for me was the heartwarming references to the first movie, the strange little dragons that only seem to multiply, the character development of both Hiccup and Toothless (I’ll talk more about Astrid and the Light Fury later), the ending which I completely loved and teared up a little, and the endless stream of gorgeous image after gorgeous image.
Both Hiccup and Toothless’s characters experienced a huge amount of development throughout the movie, Hiccup having to decide who he is as a leader without Toothless, and Toothless is conflicted between his friend and his own species. In the end, when both realized how valuable they are even without each other I wanted to curl up into a ball and cry rivers.
Now for the parts that I felt like could’ve been done better. First off, I love Astrid. She is the most badass character in the entire franchise apart from Valka. And I adored the addition of the Light Fury. Both female characters, however, fell short and seemed to only exist in support of the development of the male characters (Hiccup and Toothless). Some of you probably won’t believe me because of the previous portraitures of Astrid, all of which screams don’t mess with that girl to me. But here’s a distorted quote from Valka to prove my point: “It is your job to help Hiccup (or something…)” And even though it is extremely hard to portray the character of a dragon (they can’t speak after all), I think there could’ve been more to the LIght Fury other than simply “she seems annoyed all the time” – my friend.
But as I said, the ending of this movie was flawless, both heartwarming yet gut-wrenchingly sad, the Hidden World was the perfect movie to end this tale.