How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

2019, PG, 104 min. Directed by Dean DeBlois. Voices by Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, F. Murray Abraham, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Justin Rupple.

REVIEWED By Kimberley Jones, Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

For all its tenderness and care in handling, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon series has never shied from imparting hard truths to its young audience: that actions have consequences, that parents sometimes disappoint their children, that loving is hard and loss is inevitable. The Hidden World drops the toughest truth yet: that we don’t deserve dragons. That may sound like a renunciation of the series’ very foundation, a strikethrough to the title’s “train” and even “your,” but it’s a case to which the whole series has been building.

Based on Cressida Cowell’s book series and decisively concluding (on film, at least) with this third installment, The Hidden World touches down again on the Isle of Berk, a Viking community that used to spend its time killing dragons, until the gangly, wisecracking Hiccup (voiced by Baruchel) bonded with a wounded Night Fury he dubbed Toothless and convinced his clansmen that dragons and humans could live peaceably together. That message, alas, never caught on beyond their small crag, and so the people of Berk, led by now-chieftain Hiccup and his wise, warrior girlfriend Astrid (Ferrera), regularly lead raids to liberate caged dragons and bring them back to an increasingly crowded Berk – raids that have drawn the attention of Grimmel the Grisly (Abraham, by way of Transylvania), a dragon hunter hankering for Toothless’ pelt as prize. Hiccup’s solution? Relocate the clan and its fire-breathing friends to a maybe-mythic “hidden place” of folk tales past.

The Hidden World, as with the previous films, is a very busy thing – a boon when it comes to background detail and its realistic picture of a village humming with activity, a bust with the ever-dopey “comic relief” sidekicks. (Their names – Fishlegs, Snotlout, Tuffnutt – are their best feature; I still can’t tell any of them apart.) Most animated features, at least the ones directed at kids, lean on busyness, but what series writer/director Dean DeBlois does with quiet is what makes these films so exceptional, borne out in thoughtful conversations and, most especially, in scenes entirely without words – stunning, cinematic flights and earthbound pas de deux between Toothless and the female Night Fury he woos. These dragons are rendered so expressively, and they have become so dear. We may not deserve them, but that doesn’t stop the heart from wanting.

Showtimes

Thu., March 21

3-D 11:05am, 2:30

Fri., March 22

3-D 9:40am, 12:40, 3:55, 7:10

Sat., March 23

3-D 9:45am, 11:55am, 3:15, 6:30

Sun., March 24

3-D 10:15am, 1:35, 4:50, 7:50

Mon., March 25

3-D 1:20, 4:20, 7:25

Tue., March 26

3-D 4:20, 7:25
3-D, AFA 1:20

Wed., March 27

3-D 1:20, 4:20, 7:25

Thu., March 21

3-D 12:30, 3:20, 6:10, 9:10

Fri., March 22

3-D 11:55am, 3:40, 6:40

Sat., March 23

3-D 12:30, 3:30, 6:35

Sun., March 24

3-D 11:55am, 3:00, 6:55

Mon., March 25

3-D 11:50am, 3:35, 7:00, 10:35

Tue., March 26

3-D 3:50, 7:30, 10:50
3-D, AFA 11:55am

Wed., March 27

3-D 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 10:45

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Thu., March 21

3-D 1:00, 4:30, 6:35

Fri., March 22

3-D 10:25am, 12:30, 4:00, 7:00

Sat., March 23

3-D 10:40am, 12:30

Sun., March 24

3-D 12:15, 3:20, 6:20

Mon., March 25

3-D 12:40, 3:30, 6:30

Tue., March 26

3-D 3:30, 6:30
3-D, AFA 12:40

Wed., March 27

3-D 12:40, 3:30, 6:30

Alamo Drafthouse Village

2700 W. Anderson #701, 512/861-7030, www.drafthouse.com/austin/theater/village

Tuesday matinee Baby Day shows (first show of the day) are intended for parents and their children younger than 6. Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Thu., March 21

3-D 11:15am, 2:10

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 10:40am, 1:20, 4:10

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 10:30am, 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:20

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 10:50am, 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 11:20am, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 11:20am, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 11:20am, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Thu., March 21

digital 10:05am, 11:30am, 12:50, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05

Fri., March 22

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10

Sat., March 23

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10

Sun., March 24

digital 11:05am, 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10

Mon., March 25

digital 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10

Tue., March 26

digital 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10

Wed., March 27

digital 1:55, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Thu., March 21

digital 9:10am, 10:40am, 11:50am, 1:30, 2:25, 4:05, 5:00, 6:40, 9:15

Fri., March 22

digital 10:50am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Sat., March 23

digital 10:50am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Sun., March 24

digital 10:50am, 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Mon., March 25

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Tue., March 26

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Wed., March 27

digital 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15

Thu., March 21

digital 10:45am, 1:30, 2:40, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45

Fri., March 22

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

Sat., March 23

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

Sun., March 24

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

Mon., March 25

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

Tue., March 26

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

Wed., March 27

digital 10:45am, 1:25, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Thu., March 21

digital 10:50am, 12:10, 1:40, 3:10, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55

Fri., March 22

digital 10:50am, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05

Sat., March 23

digital 10:50am, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05

Sun., March 24

digital 10:50am, 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05

Mon., March 25

digital 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05

Tue., March 26

digital 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05

Wed., March 27

digital 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., March 21

digital 9:55am, 11:10am, 12:30, 1:40, 3:00, 4:10, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Fri., March 22

digital 9:55am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Sat., March 23

digital 9:55am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Sun., March 24

digital 9:55am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Mon., March 25

digital 9:55am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Tue., March 26

digital 9:55am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Wed., March 27

digital 9:55am, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30

Cinemark Stone Hill Town Center

18820 Hilltop Commercial Dr., 512/251-0938, www.cinemark.com

Thu., March 21

digital 9:45am, 12:40, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45

Fri., March 22

digital 10:00am, 12:40, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45

Sat., March 23

digital 10:00am, 12:40, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45

Sun., March 24

digital 10:00am, 12:40, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45

Mon., March 25

digital 12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 8:50

Tue., March 26

digital 12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 8:50

Wed., March 27

digital 12:30, 3:15, 6:15, 8:50

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Thu., March 21

1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15

Fri., March 22

10:25am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15

Sat., March 23

10:25am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15

Sun., March 24

10:25am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15

Mon., March 25

10:25am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15

Tue., March 26

10:25am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15

Wed., March 27

10:25am, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:15

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Thu., March 21

11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30

Fri., March 22

10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 10:00

Sat., March 23

10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 10:05

Sun., March 24

10:15am, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 10:00

Mon., March 25

12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15

Tue., March 26

12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15

Wed., March 27

12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Thu., March 21

CC 11:15am, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30

Fri., March 22

CC 10:00am, 3:10, 5:00, 7:45

Sat., March 23

CC 10:00am, 10:40am, 12:05, 3:15, 7:45

Sun., March 24

CC 10:00am, 3:00, 5:00, 7:45

Mon., March 25

CC 12:15, 3:00, 5:00, 7:45

Tue., March 26

CC 9:40am, 12:00, 3:00, 7:30, 7:45

Wed., March 27

CC 1:15, 3:00, 7:45

Galaxy Highland 10

6700 Middle Fiskville, 512/467-7305, www.galaxytheatres.com

No one under 18 will be allowed in the theatre on Friday or Saturday after 7pm without an adult.

Thu., March 21

CC 12:15, 3:15, 6:25, 9:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 12:50, 4:00, 6:45, 9:45

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:50, 6:35, 9:45

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:50, 6:35, 9:45

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:50, 6:35, 9:45

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:50, 6:35, 9:45

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:50, 6:35, 9:45

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 12:50, 3:50, 6:35, 9:45

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Thu., March 21

11:40am, 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:30

Fri., March 22

11:50am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30

Sat., March 23

11:50am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:10, 9:30

Sun., March 24

11:50am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:10

Mon., March 25

11:50am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:10

Tue., March 26

11:50am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:10

Wed., March 27

11:50am, 2:15, 4:35, 7:10

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Thu., March 21

1:00, 4:15

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Thu., March 21

3-D, CC/DVS 1:20, 7:15
CC/DVS 4:30

Fri., March 22

3-D, CC/DVS 6:15, 9:00
CC/DVS 12:00, 3:00, 5:30

Sat., March 23

3-D, CC/DVS 6:15, 9:00
CC/DVS 12:00, 3:00, 5:30

Sun., March 24

3-D, CC/DVS 6:15
CC/DVS 12:00, 3:00, 5:30

Mon., March 25

3-D, CC/DVS 6:40
CC/DVS 3:40

Tue., March 26

3-D, CC/DVS 6:40
CC/DVS 3:40

Wed., March 27

3-D, CC/DVS 6:40
CC/DVS 3:40

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:35

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:35

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:35

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:35

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:35

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:35

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Thu., March 21

9:15am, 11:00am, 12:10, 2:00, 3:00, 6:00, 8:55

Fri., March 22

10:30am, 1:15, 3:00, 6:00, 11:00

Sat., March 23

9:30am, 1:15, 3:00, 6:00, 11:00

Sun., March 24

10:30am, 1:15, 3:00, 6:00, 11:00

Mon., March 25

11:00am, 1:15, 6:00, 11:00

Tue., March 26

11:00am, 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 11:00

Wed., March 27

11:00am, 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 11:00

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Thu., March 21

10:10am, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30

Fri., March 22

10:00am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Sat., March 23

10:00am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Sun., March 24

10:00am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Mon., March 25

10:00am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Tue., March 26

10:00am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Wed., March 27

10:00am, 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:00

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Thu., March 21

10:15am, 1:15, 4:00, 6:50

Fri., March 22

9:55am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Sat., March 23

9:55am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Sun., March 24

9:55am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Mon., March 25

9:55am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Tue., March 26

9:55am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

Wed., March 27

9:55am, 12:45, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Thu., March 21

10:50am, 1:20, 6:40, 9:30
3-D 4:10

Fri., March 22

11:15am, 1:40, 7:10, 9:40
3-D 4:20

Sat., March 23

11:15am, 1:40, 7:10, 9:40
3-D 4:20

Sun., March 24

11:15am, 1:40, 7:10
3-D 4:20

Mon., March 25

1:50, 7:10
3-D 4:25

Tue., March 26

1:40, 7:10
3-D 4:20

Wed., March 27

1:40, 7:10
3-D 4:20

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Thu., March 21

11:00am, 1:25, 2:25, 3:50, 4:50, 6:15, 7:15, 8:40

Fri., March 22

10:40am, 1:10, 3:35, 6:10, 9:00

Sat., March 23

10:40am, 1:10, 3:35, 6:10, 9:00

Sun., March 24

10:40am, 1:10, 3:35, 6:10, 9:00

Mon., March 25

11:45am, 1:10, 3:35, 6:00, 9:00

Tue., March 26

11:45am, 1:10, 3:35, 6:00, 9:00

Wed., March 27

11:45am, 1:10, 3:35, 6:00, 9:00

Thu., March 21

11:25am, 1:00, 4:40, 7:15, 10:45

Fri., March 22

10:45am, 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10:45

Sat., March 23

12:00, 4:45, 7:30, 10:30

Sun., March 24

11:20am, 2:15, 4:30, 7:15, 11:00

Mon., March 25

4:45, 7:30, 10:45

Tue., March 26

4:45, 7:30, 10:45

Wed., March 27

4:45, 7:45, 10:45

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Thu., March 21

11:15am, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55

Fri., March 22

11:40am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25

Sat., March 23

11:40am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00

Sun., March 24

11:40am, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:00

Mon., March 25

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 10:00

Tue., March 26

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 10:00

Wed., March 27

11:45am, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 10:00

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Thu., March 21

CC/DVS 11:15am, 1:45, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40

Fri., March 22

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

Sat., March 23

CC/DVS 11:45am, 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30

Sun., March 24

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Mon., March 25

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Tue., March 26

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

Wed., March 27

CC/DVS 11:00am, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00

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