If you had told me before I had children that the majority of my cinema trips would be to see animated films, I would have scoffed. Now that Little O is old enough to go to the cinema though, taking him to see something he might enjoy is a lot of fun. Although he doesn’t really get a lot of movie etiquette it’s worth him shouting “this is amazing” at the top of his lungs and letting him eat all my popcorn to see his excitement. Our latest watch was How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World… or in Little O’s words “Dragon Movie”.
In this third outing of the How to Train Your Dragon universe, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his friends are living peacefully in Berk surrounded by dragons. In fact they keep rescuing more and more dragons from various dragon trainers and things are getting a bit crowded. This doesn’t sit well with the dragon traders and they decide to recruit Grimmel (voiced by F. Murray Abraham) to help them. Grimmel is known for being a master dragon killer with a particular skill for getting rid of nightfuries. The traders are convinced that with Toothless out of the way, they’ll be able to capture all of Berk’s dragons.
Hiccup decides that the best course of action is to leave Berk and seek out the fabled Hidden Dragon World. At the same time Hiccup and Toothless discover that Toothless is not the last nightfury after all and that he may have a chance at love.
There are three things I have always loved about The How to Train Your Dragon Movies – humour, heart and amazing animation. The third one delivers on all parts. The twins are as hilarious as ever as is Snoutlot’s (voiced by Jonah Hill) obsession with Valka (Cate Blanchett). Once again there is lot of soul searching on Hiccup’s behalf as he thinks about what it means to be a leader and what the future holds for him, his people and the dragons. There is also a strong theme about friendship and love and knowing when to let go. The animation was again, spectacular and watching Toothless interact with the female nightfury was breath taking. Little O was memerised and frankly, so was I.
It’s a little predictable as all kids’ movies tend to be but it’s also really lovely and has enough to keep both small, medium and large viewers entertained.