‘Go on, bud. Lead them to the Hidden World…’
Does anyone else feel like it has become harder and harder to actually sit through a film? I don’t mean because of lower cinematic standards, but rather diminishing attention spans resulting in an inability to focus on one thing for more than a few minutes. I was definitely present in the room whilst How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was playing. I was vaguely aware of the plot, and had decided that this film wasn’t as heart-warming or as funny at the two previous instalments. But beyond that, it’s difficult to say anything with much certainty. I definitely scrolled through Twitter a few times. I shared a couple of dank memes on WhatsApp. I spent some time gazing into the eyes of my cat. And occasionally I glanced towards the screen. Now, there is an argument that it is the film’s job to tear me away from my vices and devices, but during lockdown, I ‘watched’ Bone Tomahawk – the first film by acclaimed director S. Craig Zahler. I loved both of Zahler’s other flicks, but I was so distracted during Bone Tomahawk that I wasn’t even able to muster a review for it afterwards, and so, it remains on my watch list. Apologies to anyone who came here expecting a thorough review of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. I’m afraid I simply can’t offer one. Not for the first time in my life, I am utterly redundant, completely useless and totally without merit. I might as well be Die Hard 5: A Good Day to Die Hard.
I can only beg your forgiveness, dear reader, and promise to do better in the future. Because if we can’t even avoid social networks long enough to watch a film then the end really is nigh.