Benz Eye View: Pete’s Dragon (2016)

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Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Pros:

1.) If the movie is going to have a child lead, he better do a good job at it.  Oakes Fegley as Pete did a pretty good job carrying this movie.  He is may not be an Oscar-worthy actor (since there are moments when he blunders), but he gets better at his role as the movie progresses.

2.) The best moments in the movie are between the actors.  All the actors give such great chemistry, and you buy that they know each other well for a long time.  When they talk to each other, it feels very natural.

3.) The setting has a nice natural and small-town feeling.  Feels good to have a movie filmed at an actual area (minus some of the green screen effects).

 

Cons:

1.) The main antagonist is pretty pathetic.  When he meets Elliot the Dragon, what does he plan to do?  Capture him.  After that, what does he want to do with him?  Even he does not know.  Not to mention his weak “battle” with the other major characters in the third act.  At least he does not hate them; he just disagrees with them.

2.) Elliot the Dragon stands out and not exactly in a good way.  They try to make him look realistic, but there is one small problem: the fact that he looks like a 3D cartoon character.  It reminds me of the Hulk in Ang Lee’s Hulk; they believe they made a realistic creature, but it actually looks unrealistic due to its cartoon-like features.

3.) The third act climax is pretty weak.  I knew that the way the movie is delivered that I did not expect a big climax, but the way it is delivered still makes it weak.  What is this climax?  A regular car chase.  Nothing to see here.

 

Overall:

Pete’s Dragon is a remake of the 1977 film of the same name.  Just so that we are clear, I have not seen the 1977 film, so I am reviewing this movie on its own merits.  It is pretty good, but it probably is not going to stand out for some people (maybe because of a certain R-rated animated movie, but you will just have to wait and see).  I honestly do not have much to say (especially comparing to the original), but if you want a good live-action Disney movie for the day, this is for you.  If you are looking for an animated movie that is meant for adults…um, watch South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut.

7/10

…OK, fine.  Next review is Sausage Party…hope you are happy.

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