How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)



Action (2019)
104mins US

Starring: Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett, Jay Baruchel, F Murray Abraham, America Ferrera
Director: Dean DeBlois
Writer(s): Dean DeBlois
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

One year after the Viking funeral of his father Stoick The Vast, Hiccup leads his tribe in daring night-time raids to rescue caged dragons. He leads the liberated beasts back to their cliffside village of Berk. Trusted adviser and blacksmith Gobber the Belch grows increasingly concerned about Hiccup's bravado. Soon after, the young tribal chief locks horns with notorious dragon hunter Grimmel, who issues a chilling ultimatum: surrender every fire-breathing beast in Berk or perish.

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG)

The third time's a bittersweet, crowd-pleasing charm for the computer-animated adventures based on the books penned by Cressida Cowell. Directed at a brisk pace by Dean DeBlois, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World soars in the slipstream of earlier films, which tenderly sketched the friendship between a Viking boy called Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and a Night Fury dragon christened Toothless. That unshakeable bond between man and beast is tested to (heart)breaking point in DeBlois's script, which recycles themes of selflessness and devotion to their natural conclusion without sacrificing the tenderness, raw emotion or uproarious humour which have become the series' trademarks...

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Copyright: Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation. Caption: Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) rides Toothless into battle in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, directed by Dean DeBlois. All Rights Reserved.Admittedly, there are scorch marks of deja vu on a plot that pits Hiccup and his Viking brethren against a sadistic villain who has hunted Night Furies - the alphas of the dragon world - to the brink of extinction. At this point in the storytelling, DeBlois could afford to take a few chances rather than rest on the franchise's beautifully animated laurels. The writer-director doesn't tamper with the winning formula of the two previous chapters and underscores existing alliances with rousing support from returning composer John Powell, who sounds the battle cry for sobs from traumatised parents as cherished characters make glorious self-sacrifices for the people and creatures they adore.

One year after the Viking funeral of his father Stoick The Vast (voiced by Gerard Butler), Hiccup (Baruchel) leads his tribe in daring night-time raids to rescue caged dragons. He is accompanied by sweetheart Astrid (America Ferrera), mother Valka (Cate Blanchett) and buddies Snoutlout (Jonah Hill), Tuffnut (Justin Rupple), Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). The humans lead these liberated beasts back to their cliffside village of Berk. Trusted adviser and blacksmith Gobber the Belch (Craig Ferguson) grows increasingly concerned about the overcrowded conditions in Berk and Hiccup's bravado. "One day, you're going to pick a fight you can't win," Gobber counsels the young tribal chief, who feels invincible with Toothless by his side. Soon after, Hiccup locks horns with notorious dragon hunter Grimmel (F Murray Abraham), who issues a chilling ultimatum: surrender every fire-breathing beast in Berk or perish. "Have my dragons ready when I return," snarls Grimmel, "or I will destroy everything you love."

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World oscillates between parallel romances - Hiccup and Astrid, Toothless and a Light Fury - to emphasise the importance of partnerships in building a brighter future. Energetic vocal performances complement the colourful and detailed visuals, which crank up a gear when the film descends into the titular secret realm, where beasts large and small flourish in safety from the prying, predatory eyes of humanity. If this is the final time Hiccup and co take flight, it is a sweetly satisfying and soaring swansong.

- Jo Planter

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Copyright: Universal Pictures/DreamWorks Animation. Caption: Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) rides Toothless into battle in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, directed by Dean DeBlois. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 17th May
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- Andover, Odeon Andover
- Ashford, Ashford Picturehouse
- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Ayr, Odeon Ayr
- Banbury, Odeon Banbury
- Barnstaple, Central Cinema
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham New Street
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgwater, Scott Cinemas
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Bristol, Orpheus Henleaze
- Bromborough, Odeon Bromborough
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Canterbury, Odeon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cavan Town, Odeon Cavan
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Colchester, Curzon Colchester
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Crewe, Odeon Crewe
- Darlington, Odeon Darlington
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- East Grinstead, Scott Cinemas
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Exeter, Odeon Exeter
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Odeon Harrogate
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
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- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
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- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
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- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Northwich, Odeon Northwich
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Salisbury, Odeon Salisbury
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- St Austell, White River Cinema
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford Picturehouse
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Trowbridge, Odeon Trowbridge
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Weston-super-Mare, Odeon Weston-Super-Mare
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- York, City Screen Picturehouse
From Friday 24th May
To Thursday 30th May

- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Barrow-in-Furness, Vue Barrow (Apollo)
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bedford, Vue Bedford
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Birkenhead, Vue Birkenhead
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Vue Cardiff
- Carmarthen, Vue Carmarthen (Apollo)
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Eastleigh, Vue Eastleigh
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Farnborough, Vue Farnborough
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Glasgow, Vue Glasgow Fort
- Grays, Vue Thurrock
- Halifax, Vue Halifax
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hartlepool, Vue Hartlepool
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Inverness, Vue Inverness
- Lancaster, Vue Lancaster
- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
- Leeds, Vue Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Limerick, Vue Limerick
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Rhyl, Vue Rhyl (Apollo)
- Salford, Vue Manchester Lowry
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stirling, Vue Stirling
- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thornton-Cleveleys, Vue Cleveleys
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York


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