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A tiresome threquel: Rashid Irani reviews How to Train Your Dragon 3

As the viking boy Hiccup and his fire-breathing pal fight a vicious dragon-hunter, all you’re left feeling is an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu.

movie reviews Updated: Mar 21, 2019 18:33 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
How to Train Your Dragon,Hiccup,Toothless
The backdrops are rendered with state-of-the-art photo-realism. But that’s about the only thing director Dean DeBlois gets right. The plot is thin, the characters flat. …The Hidden World is, at best, marginally diverting. 
  • Direction: Dean DeBlois
  • Voices: Jay Baruchel, F Murray Abraham
  • Rating: 2 / 5

Third time isn’t the charm for the animated adventures of Hiccup the plucky Viking youth and his dragon companion, Toothless.

The latest and reportedly final installment in the blockbuster series finds humans and beasties living in harmony in their utopian village. Until the arrival of a malevolent dragon-hunter (dubbed by Oscar-winner F Murray Abraham) who is determined to exterminate the fire-breathing species.

It’s now up to our warrior hero (Jay Baruchel, back for a third turn) to fend him off and ensure that the dragon brood safely relocates to the ‘hidden world’.

There is renewed emphasis on romantic relationships , but the courtship scenes feel schmaltzy.

Returning writer-director Dean DeBlois once again renders the backdrops with state-of-the-art photo-realism. Unfortunately, the 3D effects are murky. There is renewed emphasis on romantic relationships, but the courtships are a tad schmaltzy.

Worse, the action scenes and comic shenanigans give you an intense feeling of déjà vu — never a good thing for a threquel. Not enough effort is spent on developing the secondary Viking characters either as individuals or as a group.

…The Hidden World is, at best, marginally diverting.

First Published: Mar 21, 2019 18:33 IST