Pete's Dragon (2016)


Adventure | Fantasy


David Lowery




Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Levi Alexander, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Marcus Henderson, Aaron Jackson, Phil Grieve, Jim McLarty, Ian Harcourt, Steve Barr, John Kassir


After his parents died in a car accident, Pete (Oakes Fegley) run to the forest where he befriended Elliot, a dragon. But after living in the forest for 6 years, he is found by ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) who tries to figure out where the kid comes from, while the people of the town run into the dragon.


I don't believe I've ever seen Disney's 1977 "Pete's Dragon", but the overall good reviews and especially the cast made me interested in watching this live action film. I don't know what I was expecting, but "Pete's Dragon" turned out fine, even though it has its flaws.

Apparently completely changed from the original film's, the story is quite beautiful but very weak at the same time. How is that? Well, Karl Urban's character, who to my understanding is supposed to be the villain (Disney movies always need a villain), decides to hunt down the dragon for some kind of vengeance the film doesn't take enough time to explore.

Another problem with the story is that it doesn't bring anything new to the table, it's basically the typical story of a kid who lost his parents, like Mowgli, Tarzan and Bambi. It's also filled with plot holes - they are so many filling them all would make the film way too long. On the other hand, it flows very smoothly and doesn't bore.

Maybe too sentimental and at time a little bit cheesy, the story still manages to be quite an emotional rollercoaster, and with its central themes of friendship and family, but especially the love for nature, the film is able to deliver something to kids.

The cinematography is easily the best part of the film. It is simply beautiful. No, actually the way it captures nature is simply magic. The only problem is that such a work of art is only a waste in this average film. The CGI is also beautiful, but it's 2016, so that's pretty normal.

As for the acting, I was hoping for something better. I like Karl Urban, but I doubt he could have done better with such a thin character. I was also expecting a little bit more from Robert Redford. However, Bryce Dallas Howard does a fine job, and so does Oakes Fegley in the role of Pete.

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