Animated adventure How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World rounds off the bromance between Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon friend Toothless.
The movie also concludes a trio of sweeping and beautiful soundtracks from composer John Powell. Right from the start of the series in 2010, Powell's music has invested us emotionally in Hiccup and Toothless's journey.
We therefore thought we'd round up the seven greatest soundtrack moments from The Hidden World that cap off this mighty series in fine style.
WARNING: POSSIBLE DRAGON SPOILERS AHEAD!
1. 'Grimmel's Introduction'
The How To Train Your Dragon series has introduced many great antagonists over the years, from the first film's Green Death to the second's Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou). The main villain of The Hidden World is Night Fury dragon hunter Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), whose appropriately primal voice-chanting theme immediately sets a tone of menace. Just as the threat is amplified in the third and final movie, so Powell intensifies the tone of his music.
2. 'Cliffside Playtime'
The emotional stakes are much higher for Hiccup in The Hidden World. Not only does his friend Toothless met his Light Fury counterpart (more on which in a minute), but he's also forced to contemplate his burgeoning relationship with Astrid (America Ferrara). They've known each other since the start of the series, and Powell's gorgeous, lilting flute theme indicates they've finally gone beyond the friend zone into the realm of blossoming romance.
3. 'Third Date'
One of the most delightful aspects of The Hidden World storyline is Toothless falling head over snout for his Light Fury counterpart, a dragon with teleporting capabilities. Powell's endearing new theme for the two love-birds (or dragons) builds from a percussive, flirtatious mating dance (befitting their hilarious initial meetings) into an ecstatic depiction of love. It's one of the most beautiful new themes in the score.
4. 'Furies in Love'
One of the most memorable tracks from The Hidden World cements the bond between the two dragons, both of whom thought they were the last of their species. Powell's appropriately soaring and joyous theme helps develop Toothless as a character, ensuring he's no longer just a comic foil but a character contemplating his future with his own kind.
5. 'The Hidden World'
Sigur Ros musician Jonsi has been associated with the How To Train Your Dragon series since the start. He contributed the song 'Sticks and Stones' to the first movie and he now returns to once again collaborate with Powell. His suitably dreamy and ethereal vocals lend a sense of otherworldliness to the breathtaking reveal of the Hidden World, lending further texture and atmosphere to an exuberant, full-blooded score.
6. 'As Long As He's Safe'
All good things must come to an end, and the movie's final, heart-wrenching farewell between Hiccup and Toothless is made all the more-so by Powell's music. The orchestral dramatics ramp up as the cumulative weight of a near-10 year friendship come to a close, Powell threading together his disparate themes from across the series. It proves that Powell's music is as much of a character in this blockbuster series as anything else.
7. 'The Hidden World Suite'
Powell's loyalty to his various Dragon themes makes The Hidden World a pleasure to listen to. And the composer ensures he sends us out on a high with this intricate weaving of the various franchise musical high-points, including 'This is Berk', 'Test Drive', the dragon romance theme and lots more. It's the perfect way of concluding one of the finest movie trilogies (and score trilogies) of recent years.
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