Starring: Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Isiah Whitlock, Jr. and Robert Redford
Directed by David Lowery
From Walt Disney studios this version of Pete’s Dragon is well done and does manage to pull at the heartstrings a bit. The kid that plays Pete does a great job of playing opposite a CGI effect while the CGI effect does make for a very realistic looking dragon. It really helps make Elliot the dragon very likeable that he acts like a playful dog in a lot of his moments while also showing some personality while on his own.
Bryce Dallas Howard is a widow raising an 11 year old girl and talking marriage with Wes Bentley who owns a lumber yard. At least I think she’s a widow as far as I can tell that’s not expressly explained which is my chief complaint with this movie, the lack of detail with characters.
Bryce Dallas Howard becomes really attached to Pete with little explanation. Karl Urban is the villain but not an overly bad one. He just wants to become famous by capturing a dragon like we all do. There’s hints that his character and his brother played by Wes Bentley have some sibling rivalry and Karl is jealous because Wes owns the lumber yard and Karl just works for him but again it’s not explained. There’s also a backstory with Robert Redford actually seeing Elliot years before but again very little detail.
When he’s around Robert Redford is great. In fact all the actors are great. Oakes Fegley who plays Pete certainly pulls at the heartstrings when he’s just trying to get back to his pet dragon. The girl that plays the daughter of Bryce Dallas Howard’s character is a good actor. Elliot is a cute dragon, the CGI is good and the story itself is fun to watch.
Definitely recommend as a rental. 7 out of 10.