Friday, 2 September 2016

#54 PETE'S DRAGON

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford.

Written by David Lowery and Tony Halbrooks. Directed by David Lowery Budget $65  million running time 102 minutes.

A remake of the 1977 live action/animation kids film about a boy and his green dragon. This 2016 remake sees Pete orphaned in a vast wood following a car crash and then raised by a large green dragon whom he names Eliot. Later a plot involving a logging company, a skeptical ranger, her boyfriend who also happens to be the manager of the logging company and her dad, Robert Redford who swears blind he saw the dragon when he was a young man. Anyways, Pete is found living in the woods and brought back to civilisation and then promptly tries to escape back to the loving embrace of the jolly green giant and mankind in the guise of Dallas Howard and Karl Urban try to stop him and capture the dragon for their own purposes. Cue heart string tugging, mild adventure, some jeopardy and a thoroughly warm glow once it's over.

This is a Disney film so they know how to manipulate you. Don't fight it, go with the flow, this is a non offensive and enjoyable film that doesn't outstay its welcome. With some fab effects courtesy of Weta and some good acting particularly from the young boy lead, Oakes Fegley. This was an enjoyable feel-good family film, that somehow avoids mawkish sentimentality. Not sure we needed another remake of an old classic animated film but it wasn't half bad.

8/10

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