Movie: Pete’s Dragon
Direction: David Lowery
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford
Music: Daniel Hart
Cinematographer: Bojan Bazelli
Editor: Lisa Zeno Churgin
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
What is it about: This film is a remake of 1977 musical film of the same title written by Malcolm Marmorstein. Where a small kid loses his parents in an unfortunate car accident. Little does the kid knows where he’s landed encounters a huge dragon, what happens post this incident forms the crux of the story directed by David Lowery.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: Disney is master of the films which attract the kids and the family audiences. And this one sure does trump the releases of 2016 in that genre. The film has an innocence, which touches you deep.
Director David Lowery had a great mix of emotions, which doesn’t tamper the soul of the film. The unusual friendship of a Dragon and the Kid was derived with great caution and panache.
The role of Pete played by Oakes Fegley was a great one. He brings an amazing charm of innocence to the character and plays it with great diligence.
Then of course Elliot (The Dragon), which was perfectly designed to life and becomes your favourite instantly. There are portions in the film, which the Dragon literally behaves like a human and was beautifully motion captured.
The rest of the cast Bruce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley and Robert Redford fill in the ensemble perfectly.
The cinematography by Bojan Bazelli was splendid and was perfectly cut by Lisa Zeno Churgin.
Verdict: David Lowery derived a delightful motion picture, which has its heart at the right place and brings out the sweetness which the silver screen was missing for a while. Definitely worth a watch, and make sure to take your little ones, who will appreciate the gesture.