Anyone who has developed a bond with an animal knows that this relationship transcends the word ‘pet’. Though the ‘fur baby’ term has been in vogue of late, there is a far better and simpler way to describe the association.
More than any other series, the How to Train Your Dragon films have illustrated the depth to which such a friendship can go. They show how it can define a person’s character and set them free from expectation, how one can see the animal as an extension of themselves (almost literally in this case), and in this final entry of the franchise, how people must make decisions that put the needs of a friend ahead of their own desires.
The Hidden World revives the spirit and wonder of the first movie without becoming mired in overwrought exposition like the second, and delivers absolutely awe-inspiring animation along the way. I’m not exaggerating when I say this was a breathtaking film to watch.