Thursday, August 11, 2016
Pete's Dragon Review: Disney Remake Is A Charming Yet Tame Experience
The film's story centers on Pete (Oakes Fegely): a boy who gets lost in the woods after an accident killed his parents. Yet Pete was able to survive thanks to meeting a dragon that he calls Elliott. For six years Pete and Elliot lived happily in the woods, but all of that changes when Pete encounters the forest ranger Grace Meacham (Bryce Dallas Howard). After Pete gets hurt, Grace takes the boy back to town where she hopes to find out more about Pete's background. With Pete not around Elliot finds himself in trouble when the hunter Gavin (Karl Urban) discovers the dragon and decides to catch Elliot in order to get famous.
The story to Pete's Dragon was as straightforward as it was simple. When it came down to it this plot was about a boy and his dragon; and there was nothing wrong with that notion. The only issue I found with the story was that it could be underwhelming. This was due to the story's concept of the world dealing with mysterious being like Elliot. This idea has been done again and again that it has come to a point where a movie such as Pete's Dragon could not do much to make this concept refreshing. However that is not to say the film's story was bad. While it may not change the wheel, the movie still tells a tale that was engaging and charming. It may not have had much of an impact but the story was effective enough to get the job done.
Pete's Dragon certainly had a sense of magic to it, but this is not to say that this adventure did not have its share of missteps. When it came down to it there was not much to this remake that led to a lasting impression with me. Most of the film's factors such as story and effects have been done before and made this movie feel a tad underwhelming. Yet that is not to say that Pete's Dragon did not have its share of merits. While there is not much to it the movie had a sense of charm which was seen in the likes of its cast as well as its creativity. When it came down to it Pete's Dragon may not have soared through the skies, but this remake managed fly away gracefully by being an enjoyable time at the movies.