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February 22, 2019

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Review

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Rated PG)
From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown ... and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they've known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they've grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon, How to Train Your Dragon 2).


Hawaii Dad Blog Review:
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World begins with what my youngest son said was his favorite scene: Hiccup and his friends, along with Toothless and the other dragons, sneak onto a dragon trapper ship to free several caged dragons. An exciting battle ensues, and the heroes are successful in releasing the trapped dragons.

However, they do not realize that they've left behind a white, female Night Fury. When the trappers tell the notorious dragon slayer, Grimmel the Grisly, about Hiccup and Toothless, he is shocked because he'd thought he had killed all of the Night Furies. He decides to use the female to lure Toothless to him.

Hiccup, now the chief of his village, is dealing with an overpopulation of dragons, as well as his insecurities of living up to his father in addition to the expectations that he and Astrid should get married. When he learns that Grimmel is now hunting Toothless, he makes the tough decision to abandon their homeland and search for The Hidden World that his father had once told him about - a place where dragons could live freely.

I was pleasantly surprised with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. It was full of adventure, humor, and awesome animation and visuals.  Scenes between dragons were reflective of nature documentaries - compelling, intriguing, and so realistic. 

My kids enjoyed the movie, and overall it is a very entertaining, family-friendly film. 

If you plan to see How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, I'd suggest brushing up on the previous two installments first if you aren't a hard core fan. However, even if you go in as a relative newbie, this movie will still prove to be a funny, touching and visually stunning experience.  

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is in theaters now.
Mahalo to the sponsor for the screening tickets.

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