TL;DR – A perfectly bland film
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Without a doubt, the How to Train Your Dragon film series is one of my all-time favourites. So when I noticed something new from the universe on Netflix, I knew I had to check it out …. And well that was a thing.
So to set the scene, we open in on Waldondo (Carlos Alazraqui) a former antagonist. He is on a ship, stealing a map, when he arrives at Berk, to let people know of a problem. For you see the map leads to the golden dragon who only lays their egg once every 100 years, a dragon in a golden egg. They have to go save the egg because pirates are coming to steal the egg.
When you go into a film like this, you kind of have to reassess your level, because it is clear that this would not have the same about of money behind the production. Also, because it is a kids film it is going to be focused more on broad moments than nuance.
However, even when you reassess things, it is still a bit of a disappointment with how much it does not land. This is a film that is the epitome of just being okay. Everything is just fine, the story is fine, the animation is fine, the broad moral lessons are fine, all just okay. There was just no point during the film where I felt amazed.
The one area where it is let down is in its characters who suffer from twin issues of being very bland and lacking substance on the one hand and the other they hit such broad stereotypes that you can’t help but eye roll with frustration.
In the end, do we recommend Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon? Well look, to be honest, this is a completely inoffensive film. So if you are looking for a film to plop the young ones in front of them, then it will be okay. However, if you were going to do that I would instead recommend the main films like How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Dragons: Rescue Riders: Hunt for the Golden Dragon
Directed by – T.J. Sullivan & Greg Rankin
Written by – Jack Thomas & Steve Altiere
Based on – How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Music by – Joshua Moshier
Edited by – Bess Thompson & Steve Vallino
Production/Distribution Companies – Dreamworks & Netflix
Starring – Noah Kaye Bentley, Brennley Brown, Zach Callison, Nicolas Cantu, Skai Jackson, Marsai Martin, Andre Robinson, Carlos Alazraqui, Jeff Bennett, Grey Griffin & Mary Elezabeth McGlynn
Rating – Australia: G;