I'm not a huge fan of the original "Pete's Dragon", and I haven't seen it in a while, so I went into the remake with modest expectations. I actually ended up being pleasantly surprised, enjoying the film a lot.
I thought that the film was really well-written. There are a few moments that are a bit slow, but the film was never truly boring. The characters in the film were also very well developed. Disney's films are notable for making the audience care for the protagonist early in the film through tragedy, and that is still the case in this film. The film also does a good job of making the audience care for Elliot, in addition to supporting character Grace. Karl Urban's character Gavin, felt like a more natural antagonist than most. The characters played by Wes Bentley and Robert Redford are both good, but feel a bit underused. I really wanted to see more of Robert Redford in this film, which was the only thing that really disappointed me.
The film was also extremely well-made. The cinematography was beautiful. I especially loved the aerial shots when Pete was flying on Elliot. The CGI for Elliot was also really good. The film was very well-acted as a whole. Both child actors are phenomenal, portraying really believable emotions, especially for child actors. Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford were also standouts in supporting roles.
So overall, "Pete's Dragon" was a fun, enjoyable film. It is a shame that this film is not receiving as much attention as other films in the same style, such as "The Jungle Book", because it deserves to be seen.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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