All in all, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World had everything going for it — an amazing adventure, a love story, an excitement brought on by a threat of imminent danger, an exploration of friendship, family and self reflection — it was the ultimate tale of growing up and fulfilling one’s destiny. Its an epic conclusion to Hiccup and Toothless’ parallel journeys, one that they deserve, and one that fans have waited for since 2010. It was the perfect sendoff to this wonderful franchise. Bring your hankies, its bound to be a tearful goodbye.
As a standalone, Split was understandably open ended mainly because it was setting up for the conclusion to the trilogy. However, I think that it succeeded in the sense that it managed to estsblish a connection between the audience and the Horde and in doing so, got them involved enough in the story to want to know what does happen to the Beast in the third movie. It makes audiences look forward to seeing McAvoy crush his portrayal of 24 different personalities once again and with this, I think M. Night Shyamalan accomplished his goal of generating more interest in the franchise which he started 16 years ago.
All in all, Unbreakable would have been good standalone movie should M. Night Shyamalan have decided that he would not pursue the development of a trilogy. Although the title clearly referred to Bruce Willis’ David Dunn, it was just as much as Mr. Glass’ movie as well as his arch-rival’s. While I was a fan of the comic book parallels, I think the coolness quotient of the film plumetted when Shyamalan simply stuck the epilogue on a still shot of Willis and Jackson in the final frames of the movie. However, after seeing Unbreakable, I wonder if the succeeding movies were not just attempts to cash in on the franchise because the message of both Glass and Unbreakble were absolutely identical if not for the addition of Kevin Wendell Crumb’s 23 personalities including one superhuman beast. Just saying.
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