Kid’s take on movies: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’

February 24, 2019

DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World is the best movie of 2019, so far. This movie has something for all ages. It’s filled with lots of action, surprises and humor. This full-length animation, co-written and directed by Dean DeBlois, is a definite must see.

Following the format of any great adventure, screenwriters DeBlois and Cressida Cowell include everything needed to keep the continuity flowing from the first installment of How to Train Your Dragon to this one. In what is supposed to be the last movie of this trilogy, we see Hiccup, now as the spirited ruler of Berk, protector of the dragons and boyfriend of his longtime friend, Astrid.

Hiccup discovers that Toothless, his best bud, is not the only Night Fury alive. He learns that danger is coming and that the only option of surviving is to seek out the Dragon Utopia that his late father once spoke of before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. There’s lots of fire, fighting, roaring, funny bits and mushy stuff, too, but you have to watch it to find out who gets the best of whom.

Cinematographer Gil Zimmerman is terrific at laying out the scenes, which help the viewers understand the story. We get to see how the Vikings really feel about their dragons and what happens when Hiccup finally meets his match.

Every moment feeds off the first, and excitement is built off reflections from the first two movies.

The production designers and art directors help keep viewers connected to the characters by giving us realistic scenes and sets that capture you with bright lights and strong graphic details. When darkness comes, critical moments become more authentic. When there’s action, you can’t help but stay focused. Toothless’ upgrades and the new, much larger dragons are epic.

Jay Baruchel is supercool as Hiccup, my favorite character. He’s grown, has the best dragon ever, is Chief of the Vikings, and everyone loves him, except the Night Fury Slayer and those dragon captors.

He has crazy friends like Tuffnut and Ruffnut, who keep you laughing throughout the movie.

Hidden World is a screen adaptation of the book series by children’s author Cowell. It sends you on a fun journey with some curious characters with strange outlooks on life. These anthropomorphic characters make you forget that you are actually watching an animation.

Lessons to take with you after seeing this flick are to make good choices and to allow others to do the same thing, even it doesn’t benefit you.

I give DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 18, as well as adults. It’s one film for everybody. Grab your friends and parents, and get to your local theater.