- Origin: 25/25
- Story: 23/25
- Camera/SFX: 25/25
- Performance: 25/25
Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of 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.
- Rated: PG (Some action, adventure and mild humour)
- Genre: Action and Adventure, Animation, Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Directed by: Dean DeBlois
- Written by: Dean DeBlois
- Release date: 22nd February, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 110 minutes
- Studio: Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation
|Jay Baruchel||Hiccup (Voice)|
|America Ferrera||Astrid (Voice)|
|F. Murray Abraham||Grimmel (Voice)|
|Cate Blanchett||Valka (Voice)|
|Craig Ferguson||Gobber (Voice)|
|Jonah Hill||Snotlout (Voice)|
|Christopher Mintz-Plasse||Fishlegs (Voice)|
|Kristen Wiig||Ruffnut (Voice)|
|Justin Rupple||Tuffnut (Voice)|
|Kit Harrington||Eret (Voice)|
|Gerard Butler||Stoick (Voice)|
Whoa… The amount of rich detail and world building was astronomical, from new dragons to never before seen places. I loved the addition of the Deathgrippers, they had major differences from the last bad dragons, which made for more epic action pieces and tense escape moments. The thing that shocked me the most was Berk, the time between the second and third film must have been a few years because Berk was very different, it was like a dragon utopia. The franchise does a great job at building Toothless’s power throughout each film; in the third he gains the power of invisibility. This character building gives committed fans a journey to follow and they feel more of a connection with the film.
Romantic, heartwarming and a good way to end. Being a fan of the franchise for many years, it hits home when this is the last of the How to Train Your Dragons films. Hiccups journey to being chief is one of the main focuses in this film, he has become to dependent on his dragon and so doesn’t believe in himself. You get to see more of what Hiccup can do, rather than Toothless.
The humour never disappointed, they used the younger characters (Snotlout, Fishlegs, Ruffnut and Tuffnut) to make group fights funny and character interaction amusing. Without these characters the films would never be the same. This wasn’t a perfect film however, some moments that were meant to be tense weren’t because you knew they were going to be ok or the villain just wasn’t that threatening.
The visuals are stunning, the hidden world was full of crispy colour and vast detail. It was a smart idea for the dragons to glow when they entered the hidden world, as though they show their true colours (pun intended). Those types of details help to make the world interesting and show that theres more to explore. What makes the films so good for me is that the animations feel so real but still are cartoon, each hair moves with the wind, every piece of clothing is moving differently to each action.
With the new dragons, they upped the detailing of scales and colours. The Deathgrippers looked evil and scorpion-like, but they still resembled a dragon. My favourite newcomer though was the Crimson Gorecutter because it looked so different from the rest and had some amazing visuals. It is sad for this franchise to end as it has some of the best animated visuals to date.
Can I just say, Jonah Hills character (Snotlout) gets funnier each movie. His voice is great for the role and works well with the other characters. The most iconic though would be Jay Baruchel, his voice is what the character of Hiccup needs. The awkward and shy character is amplified by Jay. With the addition of F. Murray Abraham playing Grimmel, its great to hear a voice that is dark and cunning. It was like a bad version of Hiccup. Overall a great cast that has been strong throughout, Kit Harrington, Cate Blanchett and the rest if the returning cast have made this a trilogy to remember.