By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,”
from director/screenwriter Dean DeBlois
is the final installment in the “How to Train Your Dragon” film trilogy.
And what a fantastic finish it is.
Bursting with vibrant color and loads of action, “The Hidden World” is a lavish spectacle which nicely ties up all the loose ends.
Of course, if “The Hidden World” makes out of this world money at the box office, it may not be the last we see of Hiccup, the young Viking (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his loyal dragon, Toothless.
Hiccup is enjoying life and living with all the dragons in the Isle of Berk village thanks to Toothless who is respected among his fire-breathing friends.
But there’s trouble on the horizon and even love in the air. Toothless meets and falls for a pretty, dragon known as Light Fury. And Hiccup’s gal pal, Astrid (America Ferrera, TV’s “Superstore”) is getting all kind of cozy around him.
Don’t worry mom and dad, that’s as racy as things get in this PG rated movie.
Love may be the answer, but it may have to wait too, since the evil Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham, TV’s “Homeland”) is up to no good and is scheming to keep humans and dragons apart.
Hiccup isn’t about to let that happen. He has plenty of support on his side like his friend Gobber (Craig Ferguson, TV’s “Still Game”), his loving Dragon Rider mother Valka (Cate Blanchett, “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle”) and the twins, Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig, upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984”)) and Tuffnut (Justin Rupple, “Spider-Man Homecoming”).
The plot thickens when Grimmel kidnaps Ruffnut but can’t deal with her annoying voice and he lets her go. Then Hiccup and his companions discover the Hidden World,” a sanctuary for dragons. It’s the place his father used to tell him about when he was a kid.
What will it take for dragons and humans to peacefully co-exist? For Hiccup it begins with him realizing the need to let go of Toothless.
It’s a bittersweet farewell for him and perhaps will also be for fans who don’t want to see this magical and charming series end.
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Take A Look At This Trailer For "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD"
Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.