How to Train Your Dragon first took hold of our hearts nearly ten years ago. We’ve watched Hiccup and Toothless grow as a team, and even more, become family. In this third installment, their bond is put to the ultimate test when the worlds of humans and dragons dangerously collide.
Following the defeat of Drago, Hiccup has taken on his role of Chief in a way that would surely make his late father, Stoick, proud. His village of Berk is an impressive dragon utopia, where dragon riders happily dwell among their beloved creatures. Threats to both humans and dragons still exist, despite the harmony and balance inside Berk.
While on a mission to save a horde of dragons an exciting discovery is made. After believing that Toothless was the last of his rare kind, another Night Fury is found. With her white and shimmering scales, she is dubbed a “Light Fury.” Her beautiful existence brings an ugly threat Hiccup, Astrid, and the others have yet to face.
Dragon-trapper Grimmel proves he’s not afraid to play dirty when it comes to killing off the last two Night Furies. Hiccup quickly becomes overwhelmed with far too many challenges laced with emotions. He’s unable to accept that as a leader, loving someone fiercely doesn’t solve problems or lives. Sometimes you make decisions that are actually selfish. They aren’t always right, and they aren’t always easy. When Hiccup announces the entire village is moving, naturally there are grumbles among the people. Once it’s revealed they’ll be searching for the mythical Hidden World, everyone’s doubt that it even exists triggers Hiccup’s doubt as a leader.
The gang is all there. Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Astrid (America Ferrera) are as solid as ever, and not even hints of marriage bothers them. Hiccup’s mom Valka (Cate Blanchett) is an even balance of love and guidance for her son, giving him the space to struggle and doubt himself as a leader, while still allowing him to feel supported. Gobber (Craig Ferguson), Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), The Terrible Twins Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (Justin Rupple), and Eret (Kit Harrington) are also present and accounted for.
Despite the utopia and safety of Berk, the discovery of the Light Fury targets Hiccup and the gang against their biggest threat yet. Taking to the skies in search of safety, Hiccup believes that an even better utopia is out there. His father used to tell him about a hidden world of dragons, though no one else believes it’s anything more than a myth. Luckily, Hiccup has never been one to follow the crowd, and his journey gives way to a spectacular visual experience.
This bittersweet conclusion is filled with stunning colors and imagery unlike any other. Eye-popping landscape, realistic facial expressions, and attention to the tiniest details is intensely satisfying. Viewers will be whispering to the person next to them, “I keep forgetting this isn’t real.”
The soft sounds of bagpipes make as much of an impact as the action-packed score. Like everything else in the film, the music is incorporated perfectly and flawlessly.
Animation. Action. Family. Fantasy. Is it really a surprise that How to Train Your Dragon 3 is capable of it all?
Amazing. Thrilling. Heartbreaking. Spectacular. Emotional. Satisfying. A MUST SEE. Seriously, there aren’t many trilogies where each one is even better than the last. There are even less where the final movie delivers all you could ask for.