It is rare for the three volumes of a trilogy to hold up. How to Train Your Dragon is the exception that confirms the rule.
It is rare for the three volumes of a trilogy to hold up. How to Train Your Dragon is the exception that confirms the rule. The Hidden World is a reminder of how we may have missed Harold and especially his irresistible dragon Krokmou.
The two best friends of the world are immersed in a thrilling new adventure that will take them to the ends of the Earth… and into the sharp claws of an evil being who enjoys hunting the Night Furies!
After the importance of friendship in the first part and that of the family for its continuation, it is love that takes up all the place here, both in the existence of the hero and in his companion. It also reserves magical moments, of a rare poetry. This is particularly the case when Krokmou and White Lightning Fury play seductive games in the air. More like Miyazaki’s house.
These enveloping moments, practically devoid of dialogue, let us know what the production would have looked like if it had taken this path from the beginning to the end. The Red Turtle and The Boy and the World did it, becoming the most impressive cartoons of the decade. This animation gets there for two or three minutes, coming back too quickly on the ground of cows… or sheep.
This is where you see that the forces are quite unequal. It is not the adventures of humans that are interesting, but those of dragons. Majestic beings that we see too little. Harold does not possess a tenth of Krokmou’s charisma, and one wonders sometimes what motivates the script to leave so much room for all the secondary characters who have hardly evolved since the beginning of the series. Well, at least the bad guy is killing, proving to be the most threatening of triptych.
Closer than ever to the world of Harry Potter, the narrative is neither revolutionary nor very subtle with all its messages based on the need to believe in oneself and act as a team. But the children will see nothing but fire. Especially with this quantity of humorous scenes and breathtaking action sequences that scroll through the screen.
Then there is the quality of the animation, dizzying, which leaves pretentious, reaching peaks in the last part. Pixar is no longer in a box except for the fierce competition, knocking on the door. The result is so fluid that one would almost forgive his missteps.
More entertaining than profound, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is not lacking in heart with its conclusion that does everything to extract a tear and ends the trilogy in beauty. If ever there is a sequel – nothing is impossible if successful at the box office – and probably there will be one some day, why not just follow Krokmou, his girlfriend and their flying friends?They could even meet Falkor from The Neverending Story and Elliott from Pete’s Dragon…