MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The first How to Train Your Dragon film came out in 2010, when my daughters were just 6 and 3-years-old. We’ve been avid fans of the series since, even taking the DVDs on frequent road trips over the years. Maybe that’s why the last film in the series, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World hit me like a freight train of Mommy-emotions.
This time, Hiccup realizes that dragon-overpopulation has made the Island of Berk a target. New foes are met as they try to find a new home, as well as a possible mate for Toothless. The film is predictable, despite this turn of events, and the jokes feel repurposed from earlier Dragon movies (one sight-gag about a Viking with a Baby-Dragon-Bjorn is essentially done to death).
That same familiarity might be what saves How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World though, and it’s definitely what packs the sentimental gut-punch. Our reluctant hero, Hiccup, has reached adulthood and is nervously taking the reigns of his people. Toothless, who has always been his best friend but still a “pet,” also finds what could be the start of his new life. This sweet conflict will resonate strongest with parents like me, who sat between my now teenager and middle-schooler and bawled through the final act. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World might not be entirely fresh or surprising, but the basic sweetness at its heart carries the film through the rough spots. It’s also a satisfying, if not slightly heartbreaking end to a series that will always be a part of my family’s life. And dammit, I’m crying again. (A-)
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is rated PG by the MPAA for “adventure action and some mild rude humor,” (aka farts).
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