‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ is heart-warming conclusion

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“How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World” brings the series to a satisfying and heart-warming conclusion.

Opening day for the new threequel was packed at Rome Cinemas 8, with parents and families finding something fun to do at the end of winter break. They were treated to a wonderfully animated tale, tying off the adventures of some much loved characters.

“The Hidden World” is maybe not as fun as the first film in the series, but it’s still a good way to say goodbye.

When a ruthless new dragon hunter threatens their way of life, Hiccup and his dragon pal Toothless decide to uproot their entire village and move to the titular Hidden World, the ancestral home of all dragons. But both boy and dragon are going to have to contend with a little romance along the way.

The only real problem with the “How to Train Your Dragon” sequels is that they’re never as clever or as well-thought-out as the first film. There’s also pretty clear evidence that the creators are making it up as they go along. The aforementioned “Hidden World” home of the dragons has never been mentioned before, despite being three movies deep at this point.

But airtight logic isn’t necessary for a movie that has this much fun with its cast of beloved characters. If you thought you loved the cat-like playfulness of Toothless the Night Fury before, wait until you see him trying to perform a mating dance.

“The Hidden World” is a pretty definitive end to the series, and as such, the movie takes full advantage of the themes of growing up, letting go and moving on with your life. It’s a good message that leads to a lot of very heart-warming — perhaps even tear-jerking — scenes in the film. The movie knows that fans have become attached to these characters over the years.

Nearly all of the actors return to reprise their characters this film, with most of them filling the same comedic roles they always have. But star Jay Baruchel really pushes the character of Hiccup forward through some serious drama. America Ferrera as his gal pal Astrid is just as good.

Their happy ending is the perfect way to bring the whole “Dragon” series to a close.

While the character drama is top notch, the animation continues to wow. The series once again delivers a veritable smorgasbord of big, bright and colorful dragons. They fly, they fight, they flirt and they steal your heart in equal measure. The human characters do a bit of all of that too, and almost all of it is good, quality fun.

If you’ve enjoyed the “How to Train Your Dragon” movies before, the new final chapter is a great way to tie off the story and say your goodbyes.

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