This Dragon should have been kept hidden

March 5, 2019


How would I find the best way to describe “How To Train Your Dragon”: The Hidden World? I would start off by saying that it is a borderline funny and not funny movie. 


The humor wasn’t very well put, leaving the audience silent like mice. I would also note that it’s not very adult oriented. What I mean by this is that the situations that occur in the film are very fantastical, which means only young children under the age of thirteen would find appealing. 


I know it’s a children’s film, but there is a group of them that even have adults laughing but this particular film wasn’t quite like that. I’ll explain as the review progresses.


The film was released February 22nd and is having major success in box offices everywhere and is currently ranked number one above Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral” at $30 million since its release, per



It is the third film in the How To Train Your Dragon saga, with the first film being released in 2010, and the second one released in 2014. 


The plot is actually very good, describing the conflicts between families and how they managed to resolve them.

Directed by Oscar-nominated director Dean DeBlois, this wasn’t his best film, especially when his other films he’s directed are Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch” were major blockbusters. As noted earlier, the film was more for kids, not kids and adults. 



The third installment to the How To Train Your Dragon films "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" starring Jay Baruchel as "Hiccup" and America Ferrera as "Astrid" has made over 

$350 million worldwide since its initial release on February 22.


A good plot is bland without creative humor. Having a great sense of humor in films such as these is like adding seasoning to one of your favorite meals, it makes it that much better but it was lacked. 


Secondly, when you’re a young adult who will never grow tired of children’s films, you either look for the hidden adult references or just hope the entirety of the film won’t cause you to fall asleep. At the theater, the people I sat around were actually very talkative. 


Whether you’re the late Roger Ebert who mastered movie reviews or someone like me who is reviewing a film for the college paper, it is extremely imperative that a theater is quiet to get a full understanding. 


My official rating for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is 3 out of 5 stars. It is a cute film to certain standards but the lack of humor is what kept this film from even a 4. If DeBlois managed to tweak some of these things, I would’ve given a much higher rating. 


How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is playing at theaters around Cinemark theaters around El Paso. 

To find showtimes, look for your nearest theater. 


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