How to Train Your Dragon finally ends this series. The Hidden World is the series’ third entry and it’s more of the same. While I know that many of you love what the film is selling, it doesn’t remotely impress me. Naturally, this meant that my kid became a Light Fury obsessive and started watching the films on a loop.
Life is funny that way, but again it relates to what’s going on in this series. A young man grows up, takes leadership and defines what it means to be a Viking. The people of Berk are superfluous. Hell, Hiccup’s Mona Simpson style mother even feels like an afterthought after being a huge part of Part 2.
But, that doesn’t matter to kids. What the world needs is for the dragons to be safe and for Hiccup to grow up. All of the things that happen in this film work to push us to the inevitable ending. Everyone grows up, has kids and they become their own people. At this point, my kid in her Light Fury shirt is yelling at me.
It’s cute to see kid books turn into strong enough film adaptations. However, I’m not one of those that will break their backs to defend kid movies for being good enough in an era where real art barely survives on the periphery.
The Blu-ray sports an alternate opening, two shorts, deleted scenes, commentary and a ton of featurettes. The A/V Quality is sharp for Blu-ray. The Dolby Atmos track is a real winner. Give it a shot, as your kids will probably already be screaming to have this one.