Let’s talk for a moment about Stoic and Valka and the PRICELESS relationship between the two of them
20 some odd years ago, Stoic and Valka lived together, got married, had a WAY THE FUCK too cute baby Hiccup. Then, dragons attacked the village and Stoic thought they had killed his beloved Valka. This fueled his life long hatred of dragons which was resolved in HTTYD 1.
20 years later, he finds that not only is Valka alive, but she chose to stay with the dragons because she felt she could not live in the village. Even for the man she loves, even for the sake of her son, because it was wrong for her, it was not where she belonged then.
And after 20 years, is he mad? Is he furious? Does he challenge her or rage or threaten?
He embraces her. He mourned his wife as dead and to have her back means more than anything to him. It’s too precious a moment to let anger ruin it.
Not only that, but when Hiccup assumes his mother will return with them, Stoic explains that it isn’t that simple. Valka may not want to return. She may not want to be around other people now that she’s become so integrated with dragon culture. He embraces this as a possibility and seeks to woo her back. Not demand. Not insist. Stoic fucking WOOS her with the best show of smooth ass game I have ever seen. Reminding her that the man she fell in love with is still there and he still sees her as the Valka who danced with him once so long ago.
This is something we don’t typically see, especially from idealized male power models like Stoic. He respects her. He respects her right to make her own choices and realizes that she may still choose not to be with him!
Don’t underestimate what a significant thing this is! Too often, when situations like this crop up in movies, the male will ‘rescue’ the female, insist she return regardless of her desires, become angry with her and then regret when his anger causes her death…
You get the drift.
Just the amount of basic respect Stoic shows to Valka, not as his wife, but as person in her own right, it magnificent. This movie is the fucking highlight of my year until TH:BOTFA comes out in December!