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In Disney's remake of the 1977 classic, Pete's Dragon does not fail to enchant the young and young at heart.
The initial trailer made this movie seem much scarier than it actually is; hinting at dark and wild scenes from the latest Jungle Book. Whilst caution is advised for very sensitive children, and perhaps under five-year-olds, the startling scene is in the opening sequence, with little of concern throughout. The movie quickly takes on a homely and magical feeling, full of friendships, trust, and loyalty.
Pete is a boy who finds himself accidentally abandoned in the woods, presumably around the mid-1980s, and befriended by a friendly dragon reminiscent of Falkor the Luckdragon from The Neverending Story. For several years the dragon helps Pete to survive and thrive, until development in the local area draws the locals in to the woods of the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America. Pete and his Dragon meet civilisation and the folklore comes to life for a small town with conflicting interests.
The purist may balk at the inconsistencies of Pete's collision with the "modern world", being frightened by a balloon, but seemingly unaffected by cars, telephones, and other modern realities.
Overall, Pete's Dragon is a feel-good movie that the whole family will enjoy.
Director: David Lowery Writers: David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley Rating: PG
Running Time: 1h 42m
Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy