Dragons. They’ve lived in peace with the Viking inhabitants of Berk. But their harmonious coexistence is in danger with the appearance of a new dragon, the female Light Fury, in the film How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
Chief Hiccup (voice of Jay Baruchel) and his trusty Night Fury, Toothless, have led the inhabitants of Berk well. But when the Light Fury steals Toothless’ heart, the village’s smitten alpha dragon becomes distracted from his duties.
Unfortunately, love is not the only thing at work. It seems the evil Grimmel (voice of F. Murray Abraham) is behind the Light Fury’s appearance, and she is simply a lure to help him capture yet another Night Fury. Hiccup will do anything to protect the residents of Berk and their dragons. With the help of Astrid (voice of America Ferrera), who has always believed in him, the tribe sets out to find the mythical Hidden World and get the dragons to safety. But is this hidden world really a utopia? Or does it even exist at all? Hiccup, Astrid and the rest of their friends will try to find out as they do everything they can to live in peace.
What a beautiful film to look at. Visually, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World paints an incredibly detailed picture of these enormous beasts and the humans they work with. Whether it is on the spectacular island of Berk or any of the places along the Vikings’ journey, the stunning landscapes will leave you in awe of what animation can do.
The visuals are only part of the picture as a top-notch voice cast led by Baruchel, Ferrera and Abraham, joined by the likes of Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig, delivers the serious and silly lines that drive this animated tale.
Although the plot may not delve too deeply into heavy issues, the elements at work in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World come together to form a heck of a good film, especially for a third installment in a franchise.
This romp through the world surrounding Berk will have you mesmerized by the scope of the world and the beauty of the people and creatures. It was well worth my time to continue my exploration with Hiccup, Astrid and the rest after taking the original theatrical journeys.
Let there be no question — after previous theatrical releases and hours of television featuring these characters, the entire team delivers a well-trained dragon film and knows what viewers want to see.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is available On Demand and on DVD beginning May 21. Check your cable system for availabiity