Looking Forward – Pete’s Dragon (2016)

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June 15, 2016 by Liza Lou


We are literally a few months away from the release of Pete’s Dragon which follows the latest trend of taking a Disney classic and giving it a live action makeover. I haven’t actually seen the original but from what it doesn’t even matter because despite been loosely based on it, the new one has it’s own story.

Don’t shoot me if that’s not the total truth because I honestly cannot compare but here is the official synopsis taken from the wonderful internet..

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.

When reading the above my initial thoughts were ‘how utterly charming” and since watching the US trailer that dropped yesterday my opinion hasn’t changed. I think the prerequisite of anything Disney is the ‘warm hug’ feeling it leaves you with and I can see it here. I don’t doubt that there will be more than one bump in the road but ultimately Pete’s Dragon looks heart warming to say the least

Directed by the highly publicised David Lowery and (from what I have read) although a bit of a mismatch, there’s a fair bit of hope. I can’t have much of an opinion because I haven’t seen any of his work (bad film blogger) but the trailer really does look pretty sweet and if all I have to base my feels on is 2 minutes then so be it. They say to never work with children or animals and the ‘leads’ here fit into both those categories. Ok, ok so the animal is CGI mythological one but still.. The CGI looks amazing by the way! Look at that FUR!!

So go. Yes look. And see, (if you haven’t already) the trailer. As always let me know what you think..




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