Pete's Dragon (2016)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure, Comedy


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The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon.


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4 February 2017 | SnoopyStyle
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| imaginary would be compelling
5 year old Pete is in a car accident that killed his parents. He is saved by a magical dragon named Elliot. Six years later, a crew of lumberjacks is closing in on their home. Pete is taken with Natalie. She's the young daughter of forest ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and lumber company owner Jack (Wes Bentley). Grace has been told many times about a dragon by her father Meacham (Robert Redford). Grace and Natalie find the young boy Pete in the woods and take him in. Meanwhile, Jack's brother Gavin (Karl Urban) goes hunting for the mysterious creature in the forest.

I like the story, the characters, and the dragon. I can't help but think that the movie could be much better. It could improve with less money and holding back on showing the dragon. There is a natural questioning of Elliot as a figment of Pete's imagination that is missing from the audience. By showing the dragon from the start, Elliot is never in doubt. Heck, the dragon is often invisible. It would be more logical for it to be almost entirely invisible and the audience can wonder whether it's real, imagined, or a projection of Pete's imagination. The reveal would be infinitely more powerful. I like Bryce and the kids. Karl Urban is a little too broad. Robert Redford is odd in his role. He's too big of a movie star. The role should go to an elderly character actor from the retirement home. I have no problem with the look of Elliot but it would be more compelling to reveal him much later in the movie.

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Release Date:

12 August 2016

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

New Zealand

Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,514,095 14 August 2016

Gross USA:

$76,233,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$143,695,338

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