The plot turns on a confrontation between scrawny Viking chief Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), with his catlike dragon Toothless, and a powerful dragon killer named Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham). But the movie’s real mission is to resolve the unsustainable alliance of Vikings and dragons. Don’t these intelligent, naturally peaceful creatures deserve their own homeland?
This conclusion to Dreamworks’ best animated feature series weaves together human and dragon romance, spectacular visuals (3-D recommended), lively action and enough emotional threads to make the final minutes a sniff-fest while keeping its signature humor and humanity intact. It’s a bit overcrowded, and the running gags can be tiresome, but in the rarefied world of third installments of animation franchises, it may be outshone only by Toy Story 3. Read the full review at ashevillemovies.com
Starts Feb. 22