'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Is the Best Animated Film of the Year, with One Fatal Flaw
It’s almost perfect, but the film just doesn’t earn that gold star in the end. So much of the power threaded through the film is cut short by its conclusion, proving that there’s still blockbuster DNA wiggling around inside its cells: Hiccup’s personal story gets lost in the mix as the film is relegated to an explosive and cliche final act with more dragons than heart. It almost feels like the film is straining to be something better and more nuanced, but can’t fight its own animated genetics. Nature wins over nurture.