Remember Hiccup and Toothless? After How to Train Your Dragon (Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois, 2010) who won the Best Animated Feature category at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DeBlois, 2014) which was able to collect commercial revenues in excess of US $ 600 million that surpasses the commercial income of its predecessor series, DreamWorks Animation has now released the latest film from the How to Train Your Dragon series - which will be the last, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
Like the two predecessor films, this film, which is still directed by DeBlois, continues to explore the relationship between the Viking tribe chairman of the Berk group, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), and the dragon that has been kept since childhood, Toothless. In this last film DeBlois explores the relationship to Hiccup's ability to replace his father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), to be the leader of their tribe. The question is, Can How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World produce an attraction that is equivalent to the two previous films?
With a background of one year after various conflicts told in How to Train Your Dragon 2, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World tells the story of Hiccup who is now replacing his father's position as leader of the Berk tribe. Although it has succeeded in creating a dynamic relationship between humans and dragons, Hiccup's actions to continue to free dragons from dragon hunters often get critics from many of their people who judge the existence of the dragons to make their living environment narrower.
At the same time, Hiccup was visited by a dragon hunter named Grimmel the Grisly (F. Murray Abraham), who hated the good relations that had been created between humans and dragons. Grimmel threatened Hiccup that his troops would attack the Berk tribe if Hiccup did not hand Toothless to him. The two problems then prompted Hiccup to find a hidden place that the father had once told where the dragons had gathered and lived peacefully.
DeBlois's direction and the story script he worked on for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was still able to produce some bright points of pleasant narration when the film relied on the relationship between Hiccup and his friends and, of course, the relationship between Hiccup and his favorite dragon, Toothless .
However, the film began to lose its beat when DeBlois tried to expand the characterization of Hiccup by deepening the conflict when Hiccup tried to become a better and wiser leader for his tribe. The main problem is with the Hiccup character itself. Despite being a well-drawn figure, Hiccup has never been able to be given really interesting characterization - a problem that has indeed existed since How to Train Your Dragon. The appeal of this film series lies in the friendship between Hiccup's character and Toothless and ... well ... Toothless himself. So, when the two elements are eliminated or minimized, the Hiccup character and the story turn into half stories that tend to be boring.
This problem is exacerbated by DeBlois's inability to provide a strong (and interesting) foothold for the existence of conflicts that are present in the lives of Hiccup characters. Various conflicts between him and his tribe members have never been able to be processed into crucial conflicts. The feud with Grimmel the Grisly's character was also more often slow and less strong.
Meanwhile, the plot of the romance between Hiccup and Astrid (America Ferrera) is also less well developed when compared to the romance built between Toothless and Light Fury. DeBlois feels a lack of ideas to develop the mid-part of the film and deliberately to save all the power of storytelling in the final half by presenting a mixture of action scenes, beautiful visuals, and some fairly emotional friendship stories. It worked, although it didn't feel too maximal due to its placement as if it had been sunk by the previous storytelling which was too empty.
It's unfortunate that the How to Train Your Dragon story is closed with a presentation as weak as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Not a bad presentation. However, especially when compared to the two predecessor films, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden Dragon feels forced into its existence and ends as a dish that fails to be presented in a truly mature manner. Toothless. Toothless. [C]
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Director : Dean DeBlois
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou, Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Kristen Wiig