They always say, the sky’s the limit – unless you’re a professional dragon rider, of course.
The grand finale of Dreamworks Animation Studios’ “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy landed in theaters Friday, Feb. 22.
It received a score of 92% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and earned more than $466.50 million in box office sales in less than a month.
In the final chapter of this story, Berk village chief Hiccup is intent on building a peaceful dragon utopia with his girlfriend Astrid and beloved Night Fury dragon, Toothless.
However, a mysterious female dragon draws Toothless away and is soon dubbed a “Light Fury.”
At the same time, a ruthless dragon hunter named Grimmel has his sights set on killing Toothless, the last living Night Fury.
With Grimmel on his tail and his civilization at stake, Hiccup must save his people and all of dragonkind and make a choice that will change the course of his life.
Once again, Dreamworks has put together a fantastic film that is sure to win hearts everywhere.
The “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise has been the most well-received that the company has ever produced.
The first and second films scored 98% and 92% Fresh and grossed $495.8 million and $621.5 million, respectively, averaging to 94% Fresh and totalling over $1.5 billion.
The story is phenomenal; it gave me everything that I expected out of it and so much more.
This film flawlessly depicts important lessons about love and coming to terms with loss.
Its comedy was also spoton: not too much, not too little.
Every joke landed and the typical potty humor overload in Dreamworks films was entirely absent, as with the first two films.
The ending of the film was perfect as well, and it connects the films to the real world in a way that I wasn’t expecting.
And of course, I can’t write a review on a “How to Train Your Dragon” movie without talking about Toothless.
Toothless continues to be one of the most loveable characters in animation, with his personality and mannerisms further exemplifying just how adorable he is.
Speaking of the animation, the quality of the graphics is astounding; the fact that you can see every little freckle on the characters’ faces and every individual hair and the roughness of each dragon scale.
Combined with the almost photorealistic water, you’d have to wonder if Dreamworks managed to borrow Pixar’s water guy.
My only complaint? That we most likely won’t get to see another fully-fledged film.
“How to Train Your Dragon” is, and always will be, one of the best animation franchises.
With three movies, multiple television shows, and tons of merchandise, it’s hard to see its popularity fading anytime soon.