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Pete's Dragon is directed by David Lowery, and it stars Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, and Karl Urban. It tells the story of Pete, a boy who grows up in the forest being raised by a dragon he affectionately named Elliot. When Pete is discovered by a Park Ranger and taken to live with her family, he tries to reunite with Elliot, the only family he knows.
Pete's Dragon is one of those movies that you can't help but smile at. It manages to hit all of the right notes and creates this feeling of pure joy that isn't found in a lot of modern films. Disney has, once again, knocked it out of the park with a great film that everyone can love.
The plot in this film flows seamlessly from point to point, and you never miss a beat. It manages to have a fairly linear plot while simultaneously providing enough details to keep the audience engaged. You can't help but be sucked into the film through a mix of great writing and strong line delivery. Pete's Dragon takes you on a sort of adventure that you just can't get enough of.
By far, the best thing about this film is the chemistry between Pete and Elliot. Chemistry between two adult actors is hard enough to achieve, but Pete's Dragon manages to create chemistry between child-actor Oakes Fegley and an animated dragon. If that isn't impressive, I don't know what is. From the very start of the film, you buy into this relationship between this boy and his dragon, and it only builds from that point on. You're sad when they're separated, you laugh when they play, and you smile at the life they built on their own in the forest.
The rest of the cast did pretty decent jobs overall. Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard stand out the most. They both gave great performances that elevated the film as a whole. Every major character in this film has their own story arc. Some may be larger than others, but all of them were important pieces in this puzzle. Every character seemed to be a different, better person by the time the credits rolled.
The only character that didn't really work for me was Gavin, played by Karl Urban. He seemed to be there exclusively to have a sort of antagonizing force in the film. At the end of the day, he didn't add a whole lot to the overall film. He kind of disappeared at the film's climax, and you never really get a good look at his motivations.
The dragon in this film worked, for the most part; however, there were points where the visual effects weren't the greatest. The dragon never looked real. You can't help but hear this constant nagging in the back of your head reminding you that it's fake. While Elliot never necessarily looked bad, it's hard not to see the missed potential here. This dragon could've looked amazing, but it just didn't live up to its potential.
Pete's Dragon was a really fun film. It fills you with a sense of joy that doesn't end when the credits start. This is a movie that everybody can enjoy, and I would especially recommend it to families. The dragon never looked too amazing, but the relationship between him and Pete was fantastic. Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford bring welcome acting chops to the film, and Oakes Fegley gives a pretty good performance. Pete's Dragon is a charming film that you won't regret seeing, I surely didn't.
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