12 Things Parents Should Know About ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World’

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7 min readJan 18, 2019

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Evil Genius Mum

The deal was: whoever sits next to me in the movie has to bring the tissues. As a family, we have all seen How to Train Your Dragon 1 and 2. And I cried in both. Horribly. Big fat ugly crying tears. So we knew what we were doing and we had a contingency plan. We were going to see How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World… And then the kids would pretend like they don’t know the blubbering mess they usually call Mom.

Good news is: I wasn’t a blubbering mess. In fact, the movie was even better than that. It was brilliant.

1. Will I like it?

Yes. Do you like dragons? Dragons with personalities a lot like humans? And I swear, the personalities are what make the film. How to Train Your Dragon 3 is a movie with personality–along with action and fantastic animation. It is a really enjoyable film. Plenty to relate to, continuity is kept at a high standard, and the dialogue is witty without purposely dividing adults from kids. I still chuckle at Fishlegs and his baby-dragon carrier.

2. Will my kids like it?

Yes. The characters are funny and relatable. The jokes are light-hearted and the action is consistent. There are plenty of jokes, both verbal and visual, so even the emotionally-heavy scenes aren’t weighed down too much.

3. When is a good time for a bathroom break?

I confirmed with my kids: Never. They loved the whole film and really enjoyed every minute. They even made the effort of checking for “sneaky pee” before the film just in case.

However, if you really need to leave during the film, there is a short break when the villagers of Berk are flying to a new island. You have about 3 minutes to do your thing and come back. It’s about halfway through, starting at the whole village flying and ending at Hiccup taking off Toothless’s harness.

4. Is the rating appropriate?

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