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Movie Review – Pete’s Dragon

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Movie Review – Pete’s Dragon

There’s nothing too wrong with Disney’s 2016 remake of Pete’s Dragon. At the same time, there’s little that’s exceptional and worth remembering too.

I must have mentioned in my other reviews that I’m not supportive of movie remakes. They just seem impossible to get right, wouldn’t you agree? Regurgitate too much of the original and the remake quickly becomes dreary. Inject too much fresh material and even the most accommodating fan of the original would be incensed.  Just what is the right formula, if there’s one at all?

Pete’s Dragon (2016) doesn’t fall into either of these traps. In fact, I must say the new version of Elliot the Green Dragon wasn’t at all the menacing, Smaug-like monstrosity I feared CGI would transform him into. By practically rewriting the plot, and adding an updated back story to Pete, there’s also a deeper poignancy. Something I believe effectively broadens the appeal of the movie. Sadly, with the original movie no more than a run-of-the-mill orphan-ends-up-great story, there was nothing else that could have been done to further enrich the movie. You know what’s going to happen at the end. You’re never too worried by Karl Urban’s animosity, and neither do you expect any greatness from Robert Redford’s sagely elder. Pete’s Dragon (2016) ends up being a fun, occasionally moving, predictable small town adventure suitable for a family night out. You would enjoy it, but it’s unlikely to stick in your head. It’s unlikely to end up on most people’s lists of top kids movies too.

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