How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World defies sequel expectations

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Movie sequels can be hit or miss, but as film critic Tony Toscano told Good Morning Utah, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a certified hit. 

Included below is Tony’s full reviews for this week’s DVD/Bluray releases:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

In this, the 3rd and presumably last chapter in the series, Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only ‘Night Fury’ and must find “The Hidden World.” where these rare dragons live.

“How to Train Your Dragon 3” offers up a genuinely sensitive and emotional ending to the franchise.

The film explores the depths of friendship, family and love and does it in a very mature and engrossing way.

The animation is crisp and action-filled with a solid and well thought out ending, making this sequel well worth seeing.

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is a touching and heartfelt film.

It gets an A and is rated PG.


Isn’t It Romantic

After a bump on the head, a disenchanted and sarcastic woman finds she is trapped inside a romantic comedy.

“Isn’t it Romanic” is a wonderfully presented satire on ‘chick flicks’ and sticks its tongue out at the ‘rom-com formula,’ all the while using that same formula to move the film forward.

This is a silly and enjoyable romantic romp movie inside a silly and enjoyable romantic romp movie.

It gets a B and is rated PG-13.


The Upside

Bryan Cranston plays a quadriplegic who hires a man with a criminal record to be his physical assistant.

Based on a true story and a remake of the 2011 French film “The Intouchables,” “The Upside” is a touching, albeit formulaic buddy picture, reminiscent of “The Bucket List.”

But being formulaic isn’t always a bad thing if the film can offer a few surprises. And “The Upside” does have a few surprises, not least of which is an unexpectedly touching performance by Kevin Hart, who gives his character depth and vulnerability.

Bryan Cranston has a very hard job in this role as he is left with a few facial gestures and his voice to convey a broad spectrum of emotions. The combination of the two characters makes this film work.

Formula or not, “The Upside” is a feel-good buddy picture and is worth renting.

It gets a solid B and is rated PG-13.

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