Hesitant Reaction

I should be working on finishing season two of The Musketeers for the main part of my blog.  But since I mentioned seeing How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World in my first ‘Random Fandom Thoughts’ post, thought I’d organize a quick review of the new movie.  Probably goes without saying, but just in case: Here, there be spoilers!

I did see it opening day (not night, ’cause I work).  And I’ve seen it a second time since.  Yes, I love the movie, but I don’t think it quite lives up to the first two films, or Race to the Edge.  Grimmel is a flat villain.  His scorpion-like dragons are creepier.  Okay, he hunts Night Furies, which is bad.  But, Drago wanted to conqueror the world!  We never saw Trader Johan coming.  Viggo was complex.  Dagur got redeemed (yes, as it has been pointed out to me, a television series can develop characters better, but we’ve seen movies do better).

I was already sad, knowing that Hiccup and Toothless would have to be separated.  And I sobbed, both times, watching it.  It just…felt like it was missing something.  Astrid and Hiccup seemed to have taken a step back from the second movie.  Astrid is still supportive, which is completely awesome.  Again, I think it was missing something.  Haven’t quite figured out what yet.

One the other hand…the parts with little Hiccup were absolutely adorable!  And baby Night Furies…squee!  Really, the ending makes the whole thing better.

My disappointment may just stem from I had hoped Toothless and Hiccup would have found a way to stay together, forever.  I know that’s not what the writers had planned.  But fans change things 🙂

The soundtrack is good; I like Once There Were Dragons and Third Date.  Maybe not quite as much as the first two; those just blew me away.

 

Feel free to comment.  I’m sure I will do a more in-depth review later (at this point, I’m thinking like a year from now or something, lol)