Pete's Dragon (2016)

By Livia Peterson

“Pete’s Dragon” reinforces Disney’s animated classics to live action repertoire. The Disney live action collection contains “Alice In Wonderland” (2010), “Oz the Great and Wonderful” (2013), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and “The Jungle Book” (2016).
 
Based on the film of the same name by Malcom Marmorstein, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), Jack (Wes Bentley), Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), and Natalie (Oona Laurence) discover orphaned boy Pete (Oakes Fegley) and dragon friend Elliot.
 
Disney appears to occasionally lose the beloved magic. But subsequently, the studio who delivers childhood dreams to the current generation and tingle adults’ hearts provide something tangible that even withholding the sobs is a failure. Yeah, it is nearly impossible to weep for this woman and she definitely accomplishes it without guilt.
 
“Pete’s Dragon” is like the previous Disney live action films – but it grasps the heartstrings and never diminishes. And yet, the unconvincing dragon is a cuddly, friendly dinosaur on the outset. You may ponder: Reveal the authentic dragon for peatsake. What’s not to love, right?
 
If the aesthetics weren’t enough, Fegley instantly transforms into a movie star – very subtly. Blink and you may miss the soaring star prowess. Howard, Bentley, Redford, and Laurence are tolerable in the respectable roles.
 
Irresistible with fine notions, “Pete’s Dragon” is generic if removing the lovely components. Still, it’s difficult to announce “Pete’s Dragon” the best Disney live action film due to the obvious shortcomings allowing restraint. Alas, I would love to utter the statement and cannot.
 
Disney still owns the film magic within our essence. Despite the sporadic missteps, the Mouse House understands the zeitgeist. B-

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