Pete's Dragon

(2016)

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Title:
Pete's Dragon
Release Date:
10th August 2016
Runtime:
102 min
MPAA Rating:
PG
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Directors:
David Lowery
Writers:
David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks
Languages:
English
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Storyline

A reimagining of Disney's cherished family film, "Pete's Dragon" is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. "Pete's Dragon" stars Bryce Dallas Howard ("Jurassic World"), Oakes Fegley ("This is Where I Leave You"), Wes Bentley ("The Hunger Games"), Karl Urban ("Star Trek"), Oona Laurence ("Southpaw") and Oscar (R) winner Robert Redford ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"). The film, which is directed by David Lowery ("Ain't Them Bodies Saints"), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. ("The Finest Hours," "Friday Night Lights"), with Barrie M. Osborne ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Great Gatsby") serving as executive producer. For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales...until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete's descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham's stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney's "Pete's Dragon" opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 82%
IMDb Rating 7.4

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mohanvijay 20th August, 2016

A boring and bland tale

I was pretty underwhelmed after watching the movie. Disney needs to rethink what live action movies they are making. The jungle book was renown and popular and almost everyone knew about the same and it was a good retelling of the story nothing spectacular but enjoyable. Pete's dragon at least for me was a film that I had no prior knowledge about and after seeing the film the content of the original story seems to be pretty bland. This is a film purely for kids below 10 years. The dragon is very well animated but the acting by the child actors is average at the best. the "villain" is shoehorned just for the sake of it. The content just was not riveting enough and it is a boring and bland 2 hour movie with some moments which will draw out an emotional response and those are very few and far between. If you have kids go watch it with them they would surely enjoy it. The theater I went had majority of the audience in the 6-10 year group and there were enough giggles and awes to know that they were enjoying the movie. Only recommended for kids.

Reviewed by gavinhoare 17th August, 2016

Would you like cheese with you dragon sir?

OK, so I know this film is aimed at the younger audience but does it really have to be so cheesy and cliched? From the get go I realized that it was going to be only for the younger audience and us older folk would just have to grin and bear it. There were numerous times throughout where I felt the hairs stand up on back of my neck and my cringe meter when full throttle. I.e Pete howling like a wolf and when some non important character states "Let's go catch a dragon" I'd like to say the kids will enjoy it but there were two sitting in front of me that were clearly getting bored after 45mins. Average film with average acting

Reviewed by Laura Kondratenko 15th August, 2016

Might be only interesting if you want to see the computer graphics

It's a very sentimental movie, which would make you cry all long. Should it be like this or the creators of this remake tried to cover something with it? It's a fairly cheap trick to cover up no so great story, which goes closer to nonsense. The movie is too dark and twisted for my taste. The creators of this remake pressed too much on our emotions about the family, the friends, etc. There are so many strange moments starting with the absolute absence of a character of any kind of Jack. I think that the manly role should be more pronounced. The main woman role - Grace - is too sensitive and always on edge of crying, which makes it only miserable to see. The only role, which was a strong and decisive enough to create a connection with the reality, was the girl Natalie.

Reviewed by john schneider 10th August, 2016

A joy of a movie for people of all ages and one of the best remakes ever

Aah, where to begin. I was five years old when the original came out and it was the first ever film I saw on the big screen. For that experience alone I'll treasure the "old" 'Pete's Dragon' forever. Now to the "new" film. I'm not normally into family movies, but because I hold such a deep love for the original, I just couldn't resist to go to a pre-screening of this remake. If they didn't honor the original, at the very least I could voice my opinion afterwards on the internet. I needn't have worried. This new 'Pete's Dragon' is about as far away from a cheap cash grab as it could be. Unlike the original, the new film starts on a somber note (think the beginning of The Jungle Book, Tarzan or Bambi) in that a little boy is orphaned by an accident and left alone in the woods. But just like the best fairy tales, I feel a good story often needs some darker themes: for without those, the joyous moments wouldn't feel as intense and rewarding. And this is very true here, for what follows is a tale of friendship, adventure, magic and wonder like I hadn't seen since those wonderful Spielberg films in the eighties. The story is sentimental - but never cheesy - and that is one of its greatest strengths: it dares to have a heart but it's not the kind of over-sugary tripe we so often get from big studios. The film's biggest asset, though, is easily Elliot. I had feared (because I had seen a trailer) that Elliot would be a cringe-worthy CGI creature of the worst kind, but the trailers really did the special effects wizards a bad service: the dragon design is perhaps the most beautiful (and I'm not ashamed to say it: cute) I've ever seen. It blends perfectly with the natural surroundings (gorgeous New Zealand forests) and while this particular dragon has more traits of a playful, over-sized dog than of a dinosaur, it looks so realistic you believe you can touch and feel Elliot's fur (the 3-d works great for this film), and his face is so expressive you forget you're watching a CGI character. All in all, this really is a film I can whole heartedly recommend to people of all ages, but if you have kids, watch it as soon as possible, you won't regret it. It's a throwback to a different era when Disney made the best quality family films (which were so good they are still immensely popular today), utterly devoid of the now so common cynicism and full of heart, joy and wonder. 9 stars out of 10.

Reviewed by Harun Karali 10th August, 2016

Disney Ignites A Flame That Hasn't Burned in Years

Walt Disney originally purchased the unpublished short story in 1957. Pete is separated from his family for a brief moment and he finds himself in the dark and eerie forest alone and petrified he stumbles upon a creature that even his wildest imagination wouldn't dare to conjure, As his chest starts pounding and his adrenaline levels spike, he finds himself facing imminent death or so he thinks, until he realizes the creature is friendly and he forges a bond with the beast. Also, if anyone has any doubts about the visual effects, They can rest easy, As I was blown away by the visual feast, I might not have been stunned if I had actually done my research on who was behind the the camera rendering away, because if I had know Karl Chisholm was a part of this feature film, I wouldn't have been skeptical before going in, As Chisholm is best know for his work in the LOTR trilogy.