What J.K. Rowling Told Jude Law About Why Dumbledore Loves Newt Scamander

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald introduces us to a very different version of Albus Dumbledore than we’re used to seeing on the big screen. Jude Law plays a much younger and less grandfatherly character. Jude Law had previously stated that he listened to everything J.K. Rowling had to tell him about the character, but he’s now revealed a bit from those conversations, including why it is that Dumbledore loves Newt Scamander. It seems that the accomplished wizard appreciates Newt’s love of beasts, as Dumbledore views himself as one of them. According to Law…

While the life of Albus Dumbledore is pretty well understood to devotees of the books, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the first time that we’ve seen the younger version of the character on the screen. As a younger man, Dumbledore very nearly took a much darker path, the same one that his friend Gellert Grindelwald did eventually take. Jude Law says that, in the eyes of screenwriter J.K. Rowling, Dumbledore is still very much battling with this darker side of himself, and thus sees himself at least as having the potential to become a beast.

And this is why Dumbledore feels a connection to Newt Scamander. Newt sees magical beasts as largely misunderstood creatures. He sees the light in them, rather than the darkness. It seems Dumbledore appreciates this perspective. If Newt can see the good in beasts, he can potentially see the good in Dumbledore, which may help the wizard stay on the correct side of that moral line he’s struggling with.

While Dumbledore is one of our heroes throughout the Harry Potter books, he’s also incredibly manipulative. Poor Harry Potter only gets answers when the wizard decides it’s time for him to get them. We see some of that same nature in The Crimes of Grindelwald where Dumbledore isn’t able to take an active hand in events, but he’s sure to nudge the players into the direction he believes they need to go.

Jude Law’s comments came as part of an interview with Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films. You check out more of Law’s comments about Dumbledore and Newt in the video below.

You can check out even more of Evanna Lynch’s interviews with the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald here. The film is now available in Digital HD and will be released on Blu-ray March 12.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Trailer Promises That Winter Is Coming

Leslie Jones is far from the only new voice you’ll hear in The Angry Birds Movie 2. Along with Brooklyn Prince joining as Zoe, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Zach Woods, Awkwafina, Lil Rel Howery, Dove Cameron, Beck Bennett, and Nicki Minaj have all been cast in undisclosed roles, and ideally we’ll find out who some, if not all, of these characters are before the movie arrives. I suspect that one of the actresses will be voicing the servant shown at the beginning of The Angry Birds Movie 2 trailer who tries to deliver Zeta her drink, only to slip on the frozen pool. Yeah, this ice island really isn’t the most hospitable place.

Chewbacca Actor Joonas Suotamo Reveals The Downside To Playing A Wookie

The Star Wars is known for its epic twists and galactic battles, but the franchise is also notable for its myriad space creatures and droids. While Ewoks and Porgs have the cuteness factor, the most popular Star Wars creature is by far Chewbacca the Wookie. Han Solo’s right hand man made his debut back with A New Hope, and has remained a relevant part of the franchise through Solo and The Last Jedi. Originally played by actor Peter Mayhew, the role was handed down to 6’11 Joonas Suotamo for the newest installments. Although it’s not all fun, games, and bowcasters for the young actor.

Joonas Suotamo made his debut as Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the body double for Peter Mayhew. But he’s since become the primary actor for Chewie, so the 74 year-old actor no longer nneds to suit up for long hours on set. In fact, Suotamo recently spoke to the challenges of playing the beloved Wookie, and the suits’ lack of breathability, saying:

Well, that must be exhausting. Most actors would kill to get a role in the Star Wars universe, but that doesn’t mean that working in the galaxy far, far away isn’t without its challenges. And for Joonas Suotamo, that includes the extreme heat within Chewbacca’s suit. But considering he’s also become the go to actor to play the beloved Wookie, this is a downside that Suotamo is more than willing to work through.

Joonas Suotamo’s comments come from his personal Instagram page, accompanied by a still of Chewie playing Holochess in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Chewbacca had arguably his biggest role in the franchise yet in Solo, as he and Han were given their own origin story and surprise loved ones. Getting to expand the franchise in that way was no doubt a privilege for Suotamo, although that meant much more time in the Wookie suit that normal. And while Solo was the franchise’s first box office disappointment, the Chewbacca/Han Solo dynamic was a major high point for Ron Howard’s blockbuster.

Chewbacca is once again set to play a part in the galactic war when J.J. Abrams’ (still untitled) Episode IX arrives in theaters this December. Early reports indicated that Chewie will have a larger role in that movie, allowing audiences who liked Solo to get even closer to the Wookie warrior. But with Disney and Lucasfilm keeping their cards so close to the chest, only time will tell if those rumors come to fruition.

All will be revealed when Episode IX arrives in theaters on December 20th, complete with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Is Adding A Hagrid Themed Roller Coaster

A couple of years ago Universal Orlando closed down the Dragon Challenge roller coaster in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure theme park to make room for a new attraction. While this new ride was clearly going to be Harry Potter themed, we did not know what was officially planned for the space until now. This morning, Universal Orlando Resort officially revealed the name of the new coaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, as well as an opening date June 13 of this year.

According to the information provided, the new ride will have guests flying through the air on Hagrid’s famous motorbike as the coaster “plunges into the path of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.”

Universal is calling the new attraction its most highly themed coaster yet. No details have been provided yet about exactly what that means, but more information is promised to be revealed next month.

While this announcement makes the attraction official, the rumor that a Hagrid themed coaster, including ride vehicles that resembled a motorcycle and sidecar, had been previously rumored and now those rumors are confirmed to be true. It’s an interesting design for a ride vehicle as it implies that one rider will sit on a motorcycle in some way while the other would occupy the sidecar. This has the added benefit of making it worth riding the coaster more than once as the experience might be slightly different depending on which car you sit in. This is assuming the vehicles are meant for two people. It could be the bike is just part of the theming and all riders will sit in the sidecars.

As ride vehicles go, Hagrid’s motorbike is a pretty good model for a roller coaster. In the Harry Potter books and films Hagrid’s bike flies through the air and it often does so in a high speed and chaotic fashion. Check out some highlights in the video below.

While a Hagrid themed roller coaster in the Hogsmeade portion of Universal’s Islands of Adventure seems like a great choice for a theme, it can’t be overlooked that the focus of the attraction is also magical creatures. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being the current Wizarding World franchise being made into films, this ride has the potential ability of helping to promote it by including creatures that we know from those films, as well as the ones that we see Hagrid taking care of throughout the Harry Potter movies.

With Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opening in June its practically almost here already. Hopefully we’ll get a real look at what the attraction has in store for us before it actually opens. We’ll have to wait until the promised additional details coming in March.

Full Rocketman Trailer Is Full Of Music, Costumes, And Elton

Continuing the recent trend of hit music movies that began with last year’s A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody is the upcoming Rocketman. Up to this point we’ve seen a teaser trailer and a featurette, but today brings the release of the full trailer for the film. Take a look below to see the trailer for Rocketman, complete with all the music, costumes and Elton you could hope for.

This movie looks like a ton of fun and appears to have that same kind of quality that brought audiences the world over into theaters for Bohemian Rhapsody. Judging by this trailer, Rocketman is going to be one heck of a theatrical experience; a candy-colored adventure of sight and sound anchored by Taron Egerton’s performance as Elton John.

The trailer shows us Elton John throughout the phases of his career, from the demure Reginald Dwight through his transformation into the flamboyant Elton John, who became a global music icon. Taron Egerton looks great in the role from what we see in the trailer and his performance becomes even more anticipated with the knowledge that his voice is actually the one singing in the film.

A big part of what is interesting about Rocketman is how it is attempting to blend a dramatic music biopic with an actual musical where people break into song and dance. The psychedelic fantasy quality with the dreamlike sequences and all the singing and dancing make this trailer feel like Bohemian Rhapsody meets Mary Poppins Returns.

It’s a compelling approach and a neat way to distinguish this from other music biopics. It definitely also sets Rocketman up to be a hit at the box office.

However, alongside those fun fantasy elements and the musical numbers, we also see in this trailer that Rocketman will be tackling the dramatic parts of Elton John’s life as you would hope for from any biopic. We see in the trailer references to Elton John’s sexuality as well mentions of drug use. So it will be very interesting to see how the film blends those disparate elements and what kind of tonal balance it strikes.

Bohemian Rhapsody was criticized for being a safe crowd-pleaser (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), omitting certain things about Freddie Mercury’s life and glossing over his sexuality. And while Rocketman appears in many ways to be cut from the same cloth as that crowd-pleaser, Taron Egerton has said that the film doesn’t hold anything back and there are hints in this trailer to that effect. Can this film be both a crowd-pleasing hit and an honest look at the life of a rockstar? We’ll see.

Rocketman blasts into theaters on May 31. Check out our 2019 release schedule to see all the biggest movies headed to theaters this year and for all the latest trailers and movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

How Big Of A Financial Gamble Is Dune?

The last couple months have been packed with casting updates for Denis Velleneuve’s Dune. The film has already put together one of the best casts in recent memory, rivaling Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for ‘most stacked.’ So far the lineup includes (takes deep breath) Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Dave Bautista, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Stellan Skarsgård, Charlotte Rampling and David Dastmalchian.

That’s some major talent set to bring Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel to life on the big screen, a novel widely considered to be one of the best science fiction books of all time. The combination of that cast and story under the direction of Arrival, Sicario and Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve has Dune shaping up to be one of 2020’s most exciting films. There is so much to like about this film, but brilliance on paper is no guarantee of success and it must be asked, how big of a financial gamble is Dune?

On the surface, a star-studded science fiction blockbuster might not seem like a huge gamble, and quality-wise, I don’t think it is. I fully expect Dune to be a fantastic and visually sumptuous epic, but the box office is a fickle beast, and how audiences will respond to something is difficult to predict.

To be fair upfront, we do not yet know how much Warner Bros. and Legendary are spending on this film, and its budget will play a huge factor in how much of a financial gamble it is. That said, if you just look at the story, which evokes Game of Thrones and Star Wars, features interstellar travel and people riding giant sandworms, it’s easy to understand why this film probably won’t be cheap. There’s a reason there aren’t many indie science fiction epics.

Most big Hollywood movies these days are based on pre-existing properties because it’s far easier to sell audiences on something that they’ve heard of or that has a built-in fanbase than an entirely new concept. That gives Dune a leg up over something like Jupiter Ascending, which was an original idea. Dune is a beloved and enduring science fiction classic, and it has also been adapted twice onscreen, first in David Lynch’s 1984 film and then later in the 2000 mini-series on the then-Sci-Fi Channel.

The name value of the property and its existing place in pop culture mitigate some of the risk for Denis Villenueve’s Dune. There is a coterie audience of Dune fans that will show up for this film no matter what. And yet, I think it is worth speculating about just how powerful the Dune brand is.

A long 35 years will separate this new film from David Lynch’s Dune in 1984, and that film was no smash, earning $30.9 million on a $40 million budget. This isn’t like 2020’s return of Ghostbusters, for which the original 1984 film earned $295.2 million worldwide and became an adored cinematic classic. The original Dune film is a cult classic at best, and while the Sci-Fi Channel mini-series did well in the ratings, that was nearly two decades ago. Turning on the TV vs. going to the theater and paying for a ticket are two very different things.

Still though, Dune’s limited cultural cachet does not doom it. A Song of Ice and Fire was just a series of books loved by fantasy readers before Game of Thrones took the world by storm. Moreover, films with no head start provided by source material can still succeed. James Cameron’s Avatar had no source material and remains the biggest movie ever.

And yet, Dune’s story in particular feels like it could run into the same kind of apathy that befell another film, Disney’s John Carter. That film was based on the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs (stories Dune probably took a few cues from) and was also about the violent political affairs on a desert planet. John Carter wound up being one of the most storied flops in recent memory, earning only $284.1 million on its wildly expensive $250 million production budget.

Admittedly, John Carter suffered from an atrocious marketing campaign, but it was still a big budget, flashy blockbuster from a studio with a great batting average. Despite that, audiences didn’t respond to it. Perhaps it didn’t look interesting or perhaps it seemed too derivative, which is ironic because many of the stories it could be compared to were actually inspired by that source material. The same could be said for Dune.

Therefore, it is reasonable to wonder if there will be a bit of an unfair ‘been there, done that’ attitude among general audiences about this film, or a feeling that they don’t know what this is or why they should see it, a la Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Needless to say, the marketing will be super important to this film’s success.

Speaking of general audiences, Dune’s director, the very element of this movie that makes me excited for it, is also the thing that gives me pause about its financial viability. Since he really came on the scene with 2013’s Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve hasn’t exactly been known for making four-quadrant movies.

That isn’t a knock against him, but the challenging nature of his films means they don’t have the kind of accessibility that is generally associated with successful blockbusters. Although the same could be said of Christopher Nolan’s films and he has somehow still managed to find success with complex, big-budget original films.

Denis Villeneuve’s only big budget film thus far was the R-rated, 2 hour and 44 minute Blade Runner 2049, which disappointed at the box office despite being a critical win, earning $259.2 million on a budget of at least $150 million. The more modestly budgeted PG-13 Arrival, however, was a success financially.

The story of Dune means it could probably go either way as far as rating is concerned. Denis Villeneuve has primarily worked in the R realm, but he was successful with Arrival at PG-13, and David Lynch’s Dune was also PG-13. Villeneuve has said though that his Dune will be “Star Wars for adults,” so we’ll see if that means an R rating or not because those kids movies certainly make a lot of money. The rating it ends up with will definitely play a role in how much of a gamble this film winds up being.

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that Denis Villeneuve has said the plan is for Dune to be split into two feature films rather than jam Frank Herbert’s novel into one feature without room to breathe. While I have argued the merits of this approach, there is a degree of risk involved. If the first film isn’t successful, we might not get a second. Feeding into that possibility is that depending on how the story is split, we don’t know how general audiences will feel about only getting half of a story.

On the artistic front, Dune feels like one of the safest bets on the calendar given the talent involved and the source material. And maybe the sheer star power will get people in the theater. But based on what we know right now, I do think this film could be a big financial gamble.

Nevertheless, there is always some degree of risk involved in any film. Fear is the mind-killer, and if fear of failure were the sole arbiter of what films got made, this would be a very boring art form. The greater the risk, the greater the reward, and a good story well told should prevail. Here’s hoping that Dune does just that.

Dune opens in theaters on November 20, 2020. For movies arriving a little sooner, check out our 2019 release schedule.

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Mark Hamill Has A Prototype Chewbacca Mask From A New Hope

There’s no film franchise quite as epic and far reaching a Star Wars. Starting back with George Lucas’ original 1977 classic A New Hope, the galaxy far, far away has continued expanding for decades of filmmaking. As such, there are generations of hardcore fans who are eager to get any glimpse of the epic space opera, and shell out plenty of cash in the process. Some hardcore fans who will spend top dollar for memorabilia, and it turns out that Mark Hamill has a fantastic piece of of the original set: a rejected Chewbacca mask.

Actor Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca in the original and prequel trilogies, before handing over the role to Joonas Suotamo for the most recent additions to the franchise. He recently shared a photo of a young Mark Hamill with a Chewie mask, and Hamill later revealed that he’s still got the thing. Check out Mayhew’s original post below.

Well, this is awesome. Mark Hamill was 25 years-old when he was cast as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, a role that would make him a household name and give him a special place in countless fans’ hearts. The above image shows that young actor, seeing what it’s like to have the mask on and become a Wookie. If only he knew how viral the Chewbacca mask would be years later.

After seeing Peter Mayhew’s post, Mark Hamill responded on his own Twitter. The Jedi Master put his two cents in, making an awesome revelation in the process. He said:

Is anyone else geeking out right now? Not only did Mark Hamill reveal George Lucas’ process about crafting Chewbacca for his first appearance in A New Hope, but Luke Skywalker got to snag the prototype, and has kept it to this day. Hamill has always been on the franchise’s biggest cheerleaders, and this type of love and reverence for the property is why the fandom continues to adore him to this day.

It’s fascinating to hear how George Lucas methodically brought Chewbacca to life. The Wookie needed to be the right parts cuddly and terrifying, mirroring how the Star Wars franchise mixes adult themes and childlike wonder. Chewie has made a whopping seven appearances across the live-action blockbusters, and will be rounding up to an even eight with J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX. The character is absolutely adored, and Lucas was careful to make his appearance perfect. That he did.

Fans will also appreciate seeing a glimpse into the world of the original Star Wars trilogy, before it grew to the epic scale it’s at now. Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew are synonymous with their characters, and Lucasfilm is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The next installment in the Star Wars franchise will be Episode IX on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Walt Disney World Reveals Major Changes Coming To Epcot

Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is only a couple of years away and the massive resort is planning a lot of big changes and new experiences for the event. Today, Disney Parks revealed some new details about the previously announced changes coming to Epcot. In addition to an entirely new entrance plaza, the park will be receiving a brand new pavilion, focusing on “the power of play.”

The brand new pavilion will be located in the space previously occupied by the Wonders of Life pavilion and while it has yet to be given an official name, it’s being described as a space full of games and interactive activities.

The image above is an artist’s rendering of what the new play pavilion will look like. It’s being designed to resemble a city, with each building, designed to look like a hotel or movie theater or other building you expect to find in a city, seemingly leading to a different sort of activity. No details were revealed regarding what sorts of things guests will actually be able to do in the new pavilion, but Disney promises they will “first-of-their-kind” experiences.

It’s also promised that interaction with Disney characters will be involved, so expect at least some of the activities to be themed after various Disney properties. Cue the IPcot, comments.

While many were sad to see the Wonders of Life Pavilion go, what was even more sad was that after it closed, nothing happened with the space. Wonder of Life has been closed since 2007 and other than opening for occasional seasonal events as the renamed Festival Center, the space has largely sat vacant.

It’s nice to know that something is going to finally happen with this underutilized area. While we’ll have to wait to see what exactly guests will be doing in this new pavilion, it certainly sounds like an interesting idea.

In addition to the new pavilion, new concept art was also released which shows what the Epcot entrance plaza will look like when Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary comes along. Gone are the monolithic Leave A Legacy photos, in their place, is a lot more green space and a newly designed fountain.

Fans of the Leave A Legacy photos don’t need to worry as the pictures aren’t being taken out entirely. Instead, they’ll be moved to outside the gateway of the park, so you’ll be able to see them just before entering Epcot, rather than just after.

In some ways, the changes to the Epcot entrance aren’t really new, as the plan is to create something that pays homage to the original Epcot entrance, by adding new twits to the classic concepts.

I recently got back from Walt Disney World and while Epcot is, in general, my favorite park to just hang out in, mostly because the food is amazing, it does have the least exciting entrance area of the four theme parks. It’s a lot of concrete and it just isn’t as welcoming as the other parks are. While this may be only concept art, it looks a lot more inviting.

These changes are in addition to a number of other major additions to Epcot that have already been announced. A Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster is currently under construction that will use a unique ride vehicle design creating Disney’s first “storytelling” roller coaster. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and a Beauty and the Beast sing-a-long are both being added to the France pavilion. An outer space themed restaurant is being constructed adjacent to the Mission: Space attraction, and a new nighttime fireworks show, Epcot Forever will be making its bow later this year.

People who want to get an early look at the new Epcot will have their chance at the park itself as a Experience Center that will preview the changes is being opened at the Odyssey Events Pavilion.

Beyond the work being finished in time for the Walt Disney World anniversary no timeline has been given on when these projects will be completed, or perhaps more importantly, when they’ll get underway. The new entrance area will certainly require closing down a lot of that space while the work is being done, which will mean things at the Epcot entrance will get worse before they get better.

Still, it should all be worth it once we get to see the new and improved Epcot somewhere between now and 2021.

Aquaman’s Black Manta Wants To Join The Hulk Hogan Biopic

If there’s one film genre that has proven itself consistently successful over the years, its biopics. Seeing real-life figures’ life adapted to the screen can educate and entertain, and have brought some of the most critically acclaimed movie project in recent memory. Bohemian Rhapsody has had a great Awards Season, while the Elton John biopic Rocketman just released its first full trailer, highlighting the musicians’s iconic catalogue. And yesterday it was announced that a Hulk Hogan biopic is being developed, with Thor actor Chris Hemsworth attached to play the wrestling icon.

The internet basically broke with this news, as Chris Hemsworth’s casting as Hulk Hogan seemed like a stroke of brilliance by Joker director Todd Phillips. Aside from fans, other actors have voiced their excitement about this project, like Hemsworth’s fellow Avenger Chris Evans. Aquaman‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also took to Twitter, revealing his willingness to join the cast as WWE legend Booker T. Check out his post below.

And just like that, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has thrown his name into the universe to possibly join Todd Phillips’ Hulk Hogan biopic. The upcoming movie will reportedly cover a large period of Hogan’s life, so it’s certainly possible that Booker T could end up being a character. Especially depending on how much of TV personality’s controversies are covered in the project.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s tweet is the latest example of actors campaigning for movie roles. In addition to actually auditioning and getting their agent involved, showing interest on social media is a great way to get fans excited, and hopefully get the message to the powers that be. And since Abdul-Mateen is currently surfing on the massive success of James Wan’s Aquaman and his badass role as Black Manta, it’s a perfect time to strike while the iron is hot.

The untitled Hulk Hogan biopic is being directed by Todd Phillips, with writer Scott Silver writing the upcoming project. Silver and Phillips just collaborated on Joker for Warner Bros., so it’s clear that they’ve got a good working relationship. Silver’s other notable writing credits include 8 Mile and The Fighter, so he’s had a mixture of ultra-realistic projects, and out of this world movies under his belt. Considering how Hogan is a mixture of both of those things, he’s a great choice to bring Hollywood Hogan’s story to the silver screen.

Hulk Hogan is serving as an executive producer and creative consult for the developing biopic, so it seems unlikely that the upcoming project will focus much on the wrestler/TV personality’s recent controversies. This includes his sex tape scandal with Gawker, as well as Hogan’s utterance of the N-Word that ultimately cost him his wrestling contract back in 2015. Still, there’s significant hype around the movie, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s possible involvement would no doubt get fans even more hyped.

CinemaBlend will keep you updated on the Hulk Hogan biopoc as more details become public. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Reviews Are In, Here’s What Critics Are Saying

This year will see some major movie story lines coming to an end. Avengers: Endgame will wrap up the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Star Wars Episode IX will end the brand new trilogy. However, before any of those, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will wrap up a much smaller, but much loved animated trilogy. Based on reviews, it looks like fans will get exactly what they have hoped for as the film is getting rave reviews from nearly all corners. CinermaBlend’s MIke Reyes gave the movie four and a half stars and says that the film is incredibly satisfying, saying…

The majority of the reviews are in agreement with Mike. Nearly everybody seems to feel that the How to Train Your Dragon movies have been great since the beginning, and the third movie is no exception.

One thing that many reviews have pointed out, is that, rather than make a movie that leaves the story open for an inconceivable number of sequels, The Hidden World actually takes the brave step of wrapping up the story and giving it all a conclusion. As the New York Times puts it…

While most movie franchises seem geared toward the trilogy concept, it seems no major film property is ever quite ready to let a successful brand go. As such, even the end of a trilogy never really feels like the “end” that it’s supposed to be. The Hidden World seems to do something different by being willing to commit to a conclusion.

One of the reasons that can be difficult is that, if the story doesn’t give a satisfying ending, it can make the entire journey feel like it wasn’t really worth taking, but based on these reviews it seems clear that most people will be happy, and more than a bit emotional, with where the story goes.

Not every review is entirely glowing. The Chicago Tribune still gives The Hidden World a positive overall impression, but does point out that not all of it is amazing.

Of course, few movies are truly universally praised, and How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is no exception. There are a few outliers who feel that the third installment has simply run out of energy and that, while the movie is still visually pleasing, there’s not much to sink your teeth into underneath that. As the AV Club puts it…

While some feel that How to Train Your Dragon ran out of gas before making it to The Hidden World, the vast majority think the new film is a perfect ending to a beautiful trilogy. You can judge for yourself when the movie hits theaters tomorrow.