It’s been a great year for Walt Disney Pictures with success in both live-action and animation. Zootopia is one of the most successful movies of the year, Finding Dory was a huge box office hit, and the live-action remake of The Jungle Book may be the best revision of their classic animated movies yet. But the studio isn’t done bringing magic to movie theaters just yet.
Pete’s Dragon is yet another remake of a classic Disney movie. However, as we’ve seen in the trailers so far, this new take on the 1977 live-action and animated hybrid could not be more different from the original. Basically, the only thing they share is camaraderie between a young boy and a dragon in the woods. And the more we see from Pete’s Dragon, the more excited I am to see it, and you just might feel the same way after watching a new trailer from across the pond.
Watch the Pete’s Dragon trailer from the United Kingdom right here.
The overall impression given from the marketing so far is that this will be a family adventure along the lines of Where the Wild Things Are. With director David Lowery at the helm, this feels like a kids movie that has some indie film sensibilities that adults will enjoy as well. That might be why Robert Redford, the founder of the Sundance Film Festival, was so interested in the project.
If there is a difficulty some see in the trailer it is in the role played by Karl Urban as the antagonist who wants to see the dragon eliminated. It seems overplayed, but then again his scenes are taken out of context, so his character might have more believability when seen in the entire film.
The early reviews on Pete’s Dragon have mostly been positive, with many praising just how far removed the remake is from the original. There are even some that say the movie accomplishes was J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 set out to do, but it’s just pulled off much better.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Pete’s Dragon opens on August 12.
Did you ever see the original Pete’s Dragon, and how do you think this movie will stack up against it? What kind of movie do you think this will be, and will it provide an ending that will be uplifting for adults and children, or does it run the risk of turning into something more melancholy?
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