Pete's Dragon (2016) Movie Review

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Pete's Dragon (2016)

2016 | PG | Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family
102 minutes / 1h 42min

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Pete's Dragon Plot Synopsis:

Pete, a boy is found in a forest. Apparently he's been living there for six years after an accident took his parents. A ranger named Grace decides to take him in and when she asks him how he survived all by himself, he says he had a friend, Elliot, with him. He draws a picture of Elliot and it's a picture of a dragon. Grace takes the picture to her father who claims that years ago, he encountered a dragon in the forest. Grace takes Pete back to the forest and he shows them where he lives and Elliot. A man saw Elliot and when he tells about his experience and is not believed, he sets out to prove it by capturing the dragon.

Pete's Dragon (2016) Review

Pete’s Dragon (2016) is a PG 1h 42 min American family fantasy comedy-drama adventure film that was shot in Otago, New Zealand; Lower Hutt, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand; Waikato, New Zealand and Rotorua, New Zealand. Pete’s Dragon was adapted from Pete’s Dragon (1977) which was a musical film. The movie had an estimated budget of $65 million and grossed over $143.7 million at the box office. The film contains an orphan, dragon, peril, invisibility, a feral child, frightening scenes, car accident, fire-breathing dragon, excavator, bear, legend, Wolf, culture shock, and deforestation.

Director and screenplay writer David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013), A Ghost Story (2017), Pioneer (2011)) did an incredible job executing an effective movie for all age groups. I applaud David Lowery for giving us this magnificent surprise which I believe was one of the year’s best movies of this genre. I am anticipating to see more movies from David and hoping that is very soon.

Pete’s Dragon was a fantastic movie that both children and adults would enjoy as there were great scenes for kids, terrific melancholy atmosphere, and more than enough life lessons that older viewers will love. The plot was simple and had relatable drama.

Pete’s Dragon is about a little feral boy who grew up in the forest with the help of a friendly dragon. I was heartbroken to see Pete after his parents encounter an accident because he was the only one left alive resulting in him living in the woods. A dragon rescues Pete as wolves were about to attack him and Pete and the dragon he named Elliot became friends. Pete (Oakes FegleyThis Is Where I Leave You (2014), Children of the Moon (2013), Wonderstruck (2017)) and Elliot lived for about six years in the forest without being noticed by anyone, well that is until a logging company starts tearing down the woods. A little girl named Natalie (Oona Laurence - Southpaw (2015), Bad Moms (2016), The Beguiled (2017)) discover Pete while accompanying her dad, Jack to work in the woods.

Natalie’s dad Jack (Wes Bentley - The Hunger Games (2012), American Beauty (1999), Interstellar (2014), The Four Feathers (2002)) is the logging company’s foreman. Jack and his wife Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard - Jurassic World (2015), The Help (2011), Black Mirror (2016), Gold (2016)) who is a ranger, took Pete to their home until they sort out the situation. It was sad seeing Elliott and Pete being separated from each other but that was not the saddest part. Jack’s brother Gavin (Karl Urban - Dredd (2012), Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), The Bourne Supremacy (2004)) saw Elliot and only wishes to capture Elliot so that he can make money off of him.

The movie overall was an excellent watch that I will watch again with my family, and I recommend all family to add Pete’s Dragon to their family night. All of the actors and voice actors gave us terrific performances. I was in total awe when I saw Meacham coming face to face with Elliot after he has told so many stories about the legendary dragon and no one had believed him. It melted my heart to see Meacham (Robert Redford - The Sting (1973), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), All the President’s Men (1976), Out of Africa (1985)) and Elliot together.

Pete’s Dragon was a story about two different souls that helped each other in any way they could, and it works wonders for the movie.

  • Pete's Dragon Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 7.68
  • IMDB: 6.7
  • MetaCritic: 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 8.7

About Pete's Dragon 2016

Title: Pete's Dragon
Year: 2016
Runtime: 102 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Adventure, Family
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.84/5 stars from 47,333 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 47,333
MPAA Rating: PG
Pete's Dragon Cast Starring: Karl Urban, Wes Bentley, Craig Hall, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jim McLarty, Phil Grieve, John Kassir, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Aaron Jackson, Tim Wong, Robert Redford, Chris Hewer, Bart the Bear, Marcus Henderson, Ian Harcourt, Jason Fitch, David J. Muzzerall, Gareth Reeves, Augie Davis, Richard Falkner, Ruby Acevedo, Tom Kay, Oliver Neil, Marissa Miller, Augustine Frizzell, James Allcock, Esmée Myers, Oona Laurence, Annabelle Malaika Süess, Annabelle Malaika Süess
Pete's Dragon Writers: David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks, Malcolm Marmorstein
Pete's Dragon Director: David Lowery
Box Office: $76,228,119
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA