PETE’S DRAGON

★★★½

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Directed by David Lowery
2016 / 103 Minutes / Walt Disney Pictures

If ever there was a Disney movie that needed to be remade Pete’s Dragon is the one. It’s the perfect example of a movie that screams remake this! Unlike a lot of movies coming out lately and I’m not totally on board with this whole Disney live action remake thing they have going on. Remake bad movies, stop remaking classics. This one I do approve of.

Pete’s Dragon is a sweet innocent little film that even though is enjoyable and entertaining it really doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It’s the same old story we’ve seen a thousand times again and again. Boy/Girl befriends some monster/alien/animal, the “not in touch with their inner child” adults are scared and don’t understand said monster/alien/animal and hastily try to do something about the creature, either killing or making profit off of it. But in the end they learn their lesson. Blah Blah Blah. This story has been done to death which is probably why I didn’t really feel much watching this. I wanted to and it certainly had it’s moments, just not enough of the feels for me.

Another minor issue I had was the cast. The kids in the film were great and gave the best performances, but it was the bigger names here that fall flat and are wasted unfortunately. They weren’t memorable enough, but maybe that’s a good thing they didn’t take away from the real stars of the film.

The bonus is Pete’s Dragon is really well made. The visual effects (Elliot, the dragon) are terrific (However, I think he acts too much like a cat). My review probably sounds like I didn’t enjoy it, but I really did. It’s worth seeing and is one of the better films I’ve seen this summer.

Grade B-

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