Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, F. Murray Abraham, Gerard Butler
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Animated action fantasy sequel written and directed by Dean DeBlois. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World follows Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), as he fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’s discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.
Our Favorite Quotes:
Hiccup: Fishlegs, again with the baby? This is a raid!
Fishlegs: I couldn’t find a sitter.
Astrid: I thought this was supposed to be a stealth mission.
Hiccup: Yeah, they always start that way.
Hiccup: [after rescuing captured dragons] This is Berk, your new home away from home. A stunning, one-stop, all expense paid dream destination. So settle in and let your worries melt away. The service here soars, the cuisine is fiery, and the locals are as colorful as you get. Any run of the mill paradise boasts beaches and sunshine. Well, not us. We’ve got something no one else can touch. We, my friend, have dragons.
Hiccup: Gobber, relax. We did it. The world’s first dragon-Viking utopia. We made the dream a reality.
Gobber: [sees a dragon floating in the soup] Your dream, maybe. Mine’s less crowded, and more sanitary.
Hiccup: Gobber, you’re not fooling anybody. I know you love them.
Gobber: [to Hiccup and Astrid] Hang up those saddles and get married.
Tuffnut: The M word.
Ruffnut: Gross. Unless it’s me.
Gobber: [to Hiccup and Astrid] Start ruling like a proper royal couple.
Gobber: [to Astrid] Marry him, please. You’re the only one with any sense around here. With you wearing the pants, there’s still hope.
Astrid: Wow, Gobber! Not awkward at all.
Stoick: [flashback of young Hiccup with Stoick] This is Berk, son. It’s our home. It was the home of your grandparents, and their grandparents before them. And it’s my job as chief to protect us, Hiccup. And one day, when you’re all grown up, that job will be passed on to you.
Young Hiccup: Okay.
Stoick: And it’s very important, son, because out there, beyond the sunset, lies the home of the dragons.
Young Hiccup: Wow!
Stoick: Aye. Legends tell of ships that sailed too close to it, only to drop off the edge of the world, never to be seen again. But those sailors who turned back told tales of a great waterfall and dragons guarding the entrance to a Hidden World.
Young Hiccup: Woh.
Stoick: Not just a nest, Hiccup, but a land from which all dragons come.
Young Hiccup: Even Night Furies?
Stoick: Especially Night Furies.
Young Hiccup: Those are scary.
Stoick: Don’t you worry. One day I’ll find the Hidden World and seal it up, so that people and dragons will fight no more.
Hiccup: [to Toothless, referring to his false leg] You do know it’s not a chew toy, don’t you?
Hiccup: [takes off his leg] Is this what you want? Oh, do you want this leg? Do you want my leg? Go get it.
[he throws his false leg and Toothless runs after it and flies off]
Hiccup: [referring to the femal dragon] Wow!
Astrid: Another Night Fury.
Hiccup: No, not quite. It’s more like a bright…
Astrid: A Light Fury.
Hiccup: Yeah, yours is better probably.
Hiccup: [to Toothless] Bud, what’s gotten into you? What is all this slobbering and panting?
Astrid: Isn’t it obvious? He’s in love.
Hiccup: [to Toothless] Trust me, relationships are nothing but pain and misery.
Hiccup: [Astrid hits him as she walks past] What did I just say? Am I not enough?
Tuffnut: [as Toothless walks off] I think that’s a no.
Astrid: Can you believe it? Toothless has a girlfriend.
Hiccup: I never took you for a romantic. Like, ever.
Astrid: But it’s so sweet. I mean, look.
Tuffnut: [they see Toothless playing with his own shadow] Okay. That’s just sad, and weird.
Ruffnut: Yeah, you better do something.
Snotlout: Seriously? I’d rather shovel poop all day than watch that.
Hiccup: Alright. Let’s head back to the woods and see if we can find her.
Grimmel: I am the Night Fury killer. I’ve hunted every last one but yours. You are going to give me that dragon, or I will…
Hiccup: I will never give him up.
Grimmel: [laughs] You wish dragons to live free, among us, like equals? A toxic notion, my boy. History has shown that we are the superior species. What if word of your misguided ideas were to spread? It would be the undoing of civilization as we know it.
Grimmel: [to Hiccup, referring to Toothless] Have my dragon ready when I return, or I will destroy everything you love.
Hiccup: This is a new kind of enemy. And I underestimated him. Now, that’s on me. But I will not do that again.
Snotlout: We’re Vikings. We don’t run from a fight. At least, I don’t. You might.
Eret: I agree with Hiccup. We haven’t seen the last of Grimmel. He’s a predator, single-minded and patient. He won’t stop until he gets what he wants.
Valka: I’m with Eret. We have to take this threat seriously.
Hiccup: Grimmel is just a sign of the times. Our enemies are getting smarter, more determined. We’re not just overcrowded. We are exposed and vulnerable. Short of full-blown war and risking everyone we love, I don’t see a way of staying here any longer.
Hiccup: If we want to live in peace with our dragons, we need a better plan.
Gobber: So what are you saying, Chief?
Hiccup: I’m saying, we have to disappear, off the map. Take the dragons to a place where no one will find them.
Berk Citizen #1: And where might that be?
Astrid: He’s talking about a quest for the Hidden World.
Berk Citizen #2: The Hidden what?
Hiccup: [to the citizens] My father was obsessed with it when I was a boy. He made notes and maps in search of the ancestral home of all dragons, tucked away somewhere beyond the edge of the world. It may be the solution we need. We are dragon people. It’s where we belong. Look, I know this is our home. My father left me to protect it. But Berk is more than this place. We are Berk. The people, the dragons. I say Berk is wherever we go.
Tuffnut: I’m with him! Who else?
Hiccup: Hold on, gang. I said make camp.
Gobber: Did you see them?
Hiccup: Not build a new village.
Snotlout: Who died and made you chief?
Hiccup: [watches Toothless drawing in the sand to impress Light Fury] Oh, now you can draw.
Valka: I don’t know how, but Grimmel is tracking us.
Gobber: Ah! This is all because of the Hobgobblers.
Valka: He has a hundred ships, maybe more, with enough cages for all of our dragons.
Hiccup: If Grimmel is leading them here, we have to take him out of the mix.
Tuffnut: And how would we do that?
Hiccup: By going there to capture him.
Gobber: Capture him?
Tuffnut: I’m with him! Who else?!
Hiccup: [to Astrid after finding the Hidden World] It really does exist.
[to Hiccup, referring to Toothless as they watch him roar to the other dragons]
Astrid: Now that’s a king.
Young Hiccup: [flashback of young Hiccup with Stoick] Dad, are you going to get us a new mom?
Stoick: I don’t want another. Your mom was the only woman for me. She was the love of my life. But with love comes loss, son. It’s part of the deal. Sometimes it hurts, but in the end, it’s all worth it. There’s no greater gift than love.
Hiccup: [to Toothless, referring to Light Fury] It’s okay, bud. You belong there, with her. We don’t. And that’s alright. We’ll find a way to…
[just then Toothless hears a noise, he looks back and Light Fury pops her head up from the bushes]
Hiccup: Hey! She followed us back. We might not have to say goodbye after all.
Hiccup: I feel like the same screwup I was before I met Toothless.
Astrid: I can see that.
Hiccup: Are you just going to stand there and agree with everything?
Astrid: Well, you’re right. You’re back to where you started, but I was the first to believe in you. And I have watched you doubt whether you’re worthy ever since. But you know what? I am the person I am today because of you. I never told you that, but it’s true. You are the bravest, most stubborn, most determined knucklehead I know. Toothless didn’t give you that, Hiccup. He just made it…
Astrid: And now it’s going to be a lot harder. So, what are you going to do about it?
Hiccup: Probably something stupid.
Astrid: That’s the Hiccup I know.
[to the female Light Fury as Toothless is falling from the sky]
Hiccup: Save him.
Hiccup: [to Toothless] You’re right, bud. It’s time. I was so busy fighting for a world that I wanted, I didn’t think about what you needed. You’ve looked after us for long enough. Time to look after yourselves.
Hiccup: Go on, bud. Lead them to the Hidden World. You’ll be safe there. Safer than you could ever be with me. It’s okay. I love you too. And I want you to be free. Our world doesn’t deserve you. Yet.
[Toothless embraces Hiccup]
Hiccup: Go, Toothless. Go.
Hiccup: [years later after Hiccup and Astrid have married and raising their own children] There were dragons when I was a boy. Ah, there were great, grim sky dragons that nested on the clifftops like gigantic, scary birds. Little, brown, scuttly dragons that hunted down the mice and rats in well-organized packs. Preposterously huge sea dragons that were twenty times as big as the big blue whale. Some say they crawled back into the sea, leaving not a bone nor a fang for men to remember them by. Others say they were nothing but folktales to begin with. I’m okay with that.
Hiccup: Legend says that when the ground quakes, or lava spews from the earth, it’s the dragons, letting us know they’re still here, waiting for us to figure out how to get along. Yes, the world believes the dragons are gone, if they ever existed at all. But we Berkians, we know otherwise. And we’ll guard this secret until the time comes when dragons can return in peace.