If you ever get time I would love a RTTE Hiccstrid positivity post. It would be great to get objective point view on things. Thank you in advance and I hope you have a wonderful day friend!
A positivity post is inherently subjective and focuses on uplifting as versus balanced perspectives, but I am more than happy to talk about some of the things I love about RTTE Hiccstrid! :)
- It provides a sense of progression for Hiccup and Astrid’s relationship. At the end of HTTYD, we see Hiccup and Astrid share a kiss, demonstrate their initial interest in one another, but still act very much like the kids in the early stage of a crush. By the second film they’re a fully formed couple with deep connections. Whether or not people imagined Hiccstrid developing the way it did in RTTE, there is something nice to be said about filling in the gaps from Point A to Point B. Storytelling isn’t interesting when it’s flat… dynamic growths are, however, rather enjoyable experiences.
In ROB/DOB it was clear Hiccup and Astrid liked one another and Astrid would sometimes take the impulsive step to kiss Hiccup… but it’s not like they talked about what they felt or really confronted it head-on. By RTTE, they care about one another and know one another very well… they just now are at the point they have to confront their emotions and do something about this. We see the growth as they do make that step toward one another and move into an increasingly comfortable and deep expressed care. They finally have the opportunity to take all the emotions they’ve had and have grown over the years… and live in the freedom of being with each other.
- There are some very beautiful demonstrations of devotion and care to one another. While kissing and hugging are nice scenes for a romance, if that’s all there is, the romance can feel like a shallow physical attraction with no actual emotional chemistry. Hiccstrid has that chemistry, and they show some very beautiful moments of what it means to love one another. It’s not just about kisses (though those are nice): it’s about enjoying all the moments with each other… it’s about helping one another in times of struggles.
Hiccup’s lines during “Blindsided” made a special impression on me. He did a very good job of supporting Astrid, trying to help her, and also showing that he was willing to be beside her through whatever they experienced. It was a very good way to show support through someone’s hard times. He acknowledged her problems rather than denying them, but also provided the sense of encouragement that she could do it, and that he would be there with her the entire way.
- It shows some of the complications being in a relationship can have. Hiccup and Astrid don’t immediately become a perfect couple. They’re a lot more comfortable, balanced, and rooted by HTTYD 2 than they are in RTTE. Here, we see them sometimes go through disconnects in their own relationship… such as when Astrid is too nervous to talk to Hiccup because she fears she cannot provide him a proper betrothal gift.
It’s nice to show that even good relationships that are growing into healthy and powerful things… are not Perfect. It’s nice to show that they especially do not start perfect. It’s nice to show how communication about worries rather than avoidance can draw each other together. It’s nice to show that they have fears about pleasing one another (a common fear I see in the early dating stage)… but that they’re able to comfort one another and help the other know they are loved.
So we see Hiccstrid go through the glitches as well as the successes. We see how they get beyond those glitches. Showing how Astrid was insecure about the gift ultimately led to a good conclusion… that their relationship is far more than this one physical token. Having a firm, powerful, secure relationship takes effort and growth. We see the steps of that good growth with RTTE Hiccstrid.
Altogether Hiccstrid shows a sense of good growth. Hiccup and Astrid become attuned to what it means to be in a good relationship. I really like that. And who they become is a wonderful, supportive, and devoted couple who can stand by one another through the thick and the thin.