‘How to Train Your Dragon: A Hidden World’ Sets Fire to Cinemas


Daniela Calderon, Staff Writer

How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World, is the final installment to the astounding How to Train Your Dragon trilogy. Bringing to close in the most breathtaking way, a franchise which has spanned nine years.

Loosely based on books by the same name, authored by Cressida Crowell, and directed by Dean Deblois, it made an estimated $12 million more on its opening weekend and made more than $200 million worldwide, when compared to the first installment, which came out in 2010 according to boxofficemojo.

Tying into the previous installment, this one follows the main character Hiccup a year after the events of the second movie. Now Hiccup is Chief of Berk and must deal with the new responsibilities put on his shoulders as he attempts to keep all those he loves safe and reach his dream: a world where humans and dragons can coexist. Accompanied by his loveable best friend Toothless, Astrid, his girlfriend, and oftentimes the voice of reason, and his interesting group of friends Hiccup seeks the hidden world a safe haven for Dragons. Along the way he learns to let go and that sometimes what we want is not always what we need.  

Many fans were skeptical about whether or not a trilogy would work after so many failed threequels it’s not that surprising. Thankfully, How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World, did not disappoint.

With a heartwarming message, highlighting the importance of friendship and finding strength in yourself, the film manages to capture the hearts of all those who watch it. With a recurring cast of familiar voices such as Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, and Jonah Hill, it’s no surprise the film has reached such lengths.

The cost of production was a striking $129 million and the movies art department did not disappoint. The animations are striking and the colors are vibrant and seem to pop off the screen- it’s no wonder it’s already received a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and mostly positive reviews from audiences worldwide. The heartbreaking twists might leave most moviegoers an emotional mess but the filmmakers manage to create humor throughout the story with an entire scene dedicated to Toothless trying to figure out how mating rituals are supposed to work.


When compared to the first film where we see a young Hiccup attempt to completely flip the way of life for his entire hometown, and the second where we see Hiccup slightly older and seeking to spread out to the edge of the world, the third sees the adult version of Hiccup and in my opinion the costume team did a great job. When a character design this good exists in any movie it certainly encourages many fans to comment. 

“I think I can say this with confidence. How To Train Your Dragon is one of my favorite animated films of all time, and it will be for a very very long time, “ said James Lester from FanFest news, and I couldn’t agree more.

Rated PG, the film targets children but as someone who grew up with this film series, I can definitely suggest that everyone should watch these movies at least once. The stories are attention grabbing and the visuals have only continued to improve, which suggests a bright future for the Dreamworks movie studios. So go out and purchase those movie tickets, it’s definitely a 5/5 from me.

Rating: PG (for adventure action and some mild rude humor)

Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family

Directed By: Dean DeBlois

Written By: Dean DeBlois

In Theaters: Feb 22, 2019, wide

Runtime: 110 minutes

Studio: Universal Pictures