Pete's Dragon

Movies, Action and adventure
3 out of 5 stars

Here's a solid remake of Disney's 1977 adventure story about a boy and his pet dragon.

What to watch this summer if you’re too scared to make it past episode two of Stranger Things? The answer is Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, about an orphaned boy who lives in the forest with his pet dragon (it’s a remake of a 1977 film). With Pete’s Dragon you get the nostalgic Spielberg-y-ness of Stranger Things, minus the creepy kids with paranormal nosebleeds.

It begins with little Pete’s mom and dad being killed in a car crash. Pete is unhurt, but is about to become a tasty boy-morsel for wolves when he’s rescued by a dragon. Skip ahead six years, and he’s having the time of his life with his adorable mutt of a dragon—a great, green cuddle monster of fur. Of course, it can’t last, and Pete feels the call of civilization when he meets a nice forest warden (Bryce Dallas Howard).

This being a kids film, there is a "message"—about the destruction of nature. But the eco theme genuinely works with the film’s wonderment. And great news for wusses: The scariest creature in this forest is a dragon more likely to chase his tail than breathe fire.

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Release date:
Friday August 12 2016
102 mins

Cast and crew

David Lowery
Toby Halbrooks, David Lowery
Bryce Dallas Howard
Karl Urban
Robert Redford
Oakes Fegley
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