WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I was always a fan of the “How to Train Your Dragon” series since the first one came out. The animators put so much time and effort creating all of these different dragons and giving them their own personalities through the animation.
The third and final installment of “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy came out Feb. 22 and let me tell you, it was the BEST movie that I have seen this year (this is the first movie I’ve seen since 2019 started, I’m a little behind on my movies, leave me alone). I have been super excited for this movie to come out since I first saw the trailer.
The plot isn’t too hard to follow, I came up with the shortest one that doesn’t reveal too much spoilers:
“When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury and a ruthless tyrant who kills Night Furies, Grimmel, is after Toothless, Hiccup begins searching for the mythical Hidden World to protect the dragons and the people of Berk away from Dragon Hunters and Grimmel.”
Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a rating of 92 percent, and there’s a reason that it received such a high rating, only this is my review.
The animation for Toothless has been one of the best character designs I’ve seen in recent animation movies. He is considered an animal, but has so many humanistic traits that gives him a place as his own character. He isn’t the only dragon that is given humanistic qualities. The other main characters’ dragons have their personalities that fit their owners.
The animation of the rest of the movie was absolutely beautiful. The details of everyone’s hair and their expressions were so lifelike, even the dragons’ and their scales were so clear they looked real. There are no other words to express how beautiful the animation was, it was almost like looking at a real view from a live-action movie. The scenes of the mountains and the ocean that the characters fly over gives the movie that realistic concept.
There were still those cartoon aspects about the movie, but it is of course targeted toward younger audiences, so it has to have that cartoon animation. There was a great balance between the “realistic” animation and the “cartoon” animation.
My favorite animation scene (spoiler) was when Hiccup and Astrid search for Toothless in the Hidden World. This entire scene was gorgeous. The different colors used in the animation to give all of the dragons a fluorescent glow against the darkness of the cave they’re in was powerful. That scene alone shows that dragons are more important than they made them in the previous films.
This scene also shows the significance of Toothless being the alpha dragon and his responsibility as the alpha. The end of the second movie barely showed that, but in this movie the importance of Toothless is much more emphasized.
The relationship between Toothless and Hiccup was a genuine relationship between a person and his companion. It’s like in the world of dragons, a dragon is man’s best friend. The director of the film (Dean DeBlois) and voice actors of Toothless (Randy Thom) and Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) have been captured so well. I don’t know how voice actors can show so much emotion with just their voices, but the creators of these characters have a part to play with the actors’ voices. The emotion you hear between the two throughout the entire movie was well scripted, there was so much drama and action with the two.
Composer John Powell is a genius. He writes music, yes, but he also writes the story too. Music in general helps drive the plot and keeps audiences captivated in the story itself. I love how he brings in the theme music in this movie because what even is this movie without its theme? This movie was also a lot darker than the previous two movies when it comes to the soundtrack. The antagonists of the last movies weren’t that villainous as Grimmel in this last one.
I hate how movies have to throw in new characters like Grimmel to build the plot because if this villain was super famous for being a Night Fury killer, then why are we now just being introduced to him? Stoic, the previous chief of Berk, apparently knew Grimmel and Grimmel knew him. That’s the frustrating thing about trying to keep a movie series going: Throwing in new characters that obviously should have been introduced earlier.
There were also a lot of adult innuendos in this movie that only the grown-ups would understand, and let me tell you, it may have been a little too much for younger audiences, they won’t understand until they’re older. Still, I think it may have gone a little too far with a couple of characters.
Overall, the movie was amazing, heartbreaking, and moving. This was a perfect end for a great series. I will love these movies forever and I hope everyone else enjoys this movie has much as I did.