RELEASED 2016 RUNTIME 102 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION DAVID LOWERY SCREENPLAY DAVID LOWERY, TOBY HALBROOKS STARRING BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD, OAKES FEGLEY, WES BENTLEY, KARL URBAN, OONA LAURENCE, ROBERT REDFORD MUSIC DANIEL HART
Pete’s Dragon is a remake of the 1977 Disney live action classic of the same name a tells the story of a young boy becoming stranded inside a deep forest because of a car accident which kills his parents. But inside the forest he meets a dragon which becomes his best friend.
STORY (NO SPOILERS)
Finally a really good movie this summer! If you like E.T. and Free Willy, this will take you right back to that good feel cinema we grew up with as a kid.
The story feels very familiar of course, but sometimes the familiar can be very pleasant because it evokes emotions in you that you haven’t felt in some time. Basically it’s a story about an odd friendship which runs danger of becoming separated because of authorities who think they own one part of the odd couple.
The tone of the movie is very sweet and appeals to kids as well as parents. The dragon looks cute and kind of resembles a big dog. It has furr and its roar is kind of a mix between a bark and dragon’s roar. It sounds pretty silly, but I think it works well. There are times where the dragon (btw. It’s name is Eliott) seems very cuddly and other times it shows its aggressive traits in a few action scenes which are really well made. Best thing, Eliott looks good in CG!
The film never gets boring and moves in a steady pace while also being funny where it needs to be. But the main reason everything works so well are the characters and its cast. Oakes Fegley as the main character is really good. For only being 10 years old he gives a very convincing performance and I think he will hopefully become busier in the future with further projects. Same goes for Oona Laurence. She has been great in Southpaw already and she is growing to become a shining star.
Other cast members include Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Wes Bentley And Robert Redford. So, as you see, it’s stacked with great talent. They all do a fine job and each one has his moment to shine.
It’s very well rounded movie. It won’t win any prize for extraordinary achievements or innovation, but I can’t find any flaws with it. The dragon looks convincing, the actors are great, the script is good and it has great emotional pull. If you gonna remake something, at least make it good. Pete’s Dragon is a pleasant surprise.