How to train your dragon

The modern version of 3D movies continues to improve and evolve.

I watched “How to Train Your Dragon: the Hidden World” in 3D and recommend that you should too.

In a couple of places it seemed like things actually moved behind us in the seats. It made for an odd, but remarkable sensation.

Lots of the screen time has people flying around on dragons, which comes across vividly in 3D.

We don’t come to films like this for the thin soup of a plot. We do get a few good lessons for the young people to absorb.

The leading character looks about 14, but manages to lead a community of rough and tough Viking warriors. He only has one leg. So leaders can lead even with a handicap, a good thing for a kid to learn.

The other big lesson is that sometimes girl dragons have sparkles on their wings. And nothing has more importance than love, either dragon for dragon, human for human or dragon for human or human for dragon.

This third in the “How to Train Your Dragon” series cost less than its predecessor at $129 million, but has brought in a very nice $283 million.

It is just getting going in the USA and should gain even more. This movie is aimed straight at the little ones.

In contrast to the recent “Lego” movie, it has nothing of interest in the story line or writing for those of us who have achieved our majority.

Little kids love it and it is not painful for adults to watch. The swooping dragons and lunkhead Vikings entertain us sufficiently.

The cast has many famous names and voices behind the characters. Jay Baruchel, a solid pro with 61 credits, plays the leading man. Leading lady America Ferrera (star of the TV show “Ugly Betty”) has 49 credits. They and many of the other actors reprise their roles from the previous “Dragon” films.

F. Murray Abraham plays the heavy. Other actors include Jonah Hill as Snotlout (great names for the little ones to giggle at) and Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut, an annoying teen. Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Djimon Hounsou, Gerald Butler and Cate Blanchett also pitch in.

Writer and director Dean DeBlois also wrote and directed both the other “Dragon” movies. He did the same with “Lilo & Stitch,” another animated film.

This kid-friendly, PG-rated film runs for a shortish one hour and 42 minutes.

This undemanding film gets an average three saw blades and the recommendation to view it in 3D.

When the theme music came up and the credits began to scroll, two little girls, maybe 3 years old, began to dance to the music in the theater. They kept it up, whirling, skipping and twirling up, down and around the theater as long as the music lasted. They seem to have enjoyed the movie very much. I enjoyed their enjoyment.

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