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Disney's Pete's Dragon

Opening Date
01 Sep 2016
PG Some Intense Sequences
103 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
David Lowery
Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Oakes Fegley, Robert Redford
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.

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 Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot 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.
By Jason Lin  02 Sep 2016
Pete’s Dragon does exactly what it was meant to – empowering the young ones to step out into the world of unknown as masters of their own decisions and destinies.
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Disney has always been about motivating people to pursue and realise their dreams. These can be seen in all Disney animated feature films and productions. In the latest Pete’s Dragon, director and co-screenwriter David Lowery has brought to life an endearing green furry dragon that befriended an unsuspecting young boy Pete lost in the forest.
Pete has a children’s storybook about a lost dog Elliot, which has inspired a similar title for the dragon. With luscious green fur instead of hard scales and a sensitive and inquisitive nose instead of an elongated jaw set of razor-sharp teeth, Elliot is a visual allure to the adolescent audience members.
Perhaps intentional, Elliot reminds one of a pet dog that is friendly by nature and demeanour. Pete could sense these traits beyond the conventional impressions of dragons as terrifying creatures, which were reflected in the film’s adult characters’ reactions when they face Elliot.
Distraught by a tragic loss of his parents to a car accident, Pete’s fate and emotions are thrown out to the wilderness of a dense forest. It is this event that brought Pete to Elliot the dragon, where they spent Pete’s subsequent childhood years together. Elliot the pet dragon is henceforth seen as Elliot the guardian of Pete.
The overall narrative structure is kept simple for its own good. Simply and steadily, the story grows upon viewers akin to how Elliot grows upon the audience. The story reminds us of the good that is often misunderstood and that there is a certain element of goodness in each and every one of us.
It just so happens that the more we grow into adults, the less we see that in others.
Pete’s newly found interaction within civilisation after a Park Ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her daughter Natalie (Oona Lawrence) comes to some as a form of relief to the boy’s future and assurance with his return to the community of his kind. With the exception of a few brave souls who are ready to embrace the unknown, most of mankind are only interested in capturing Elliot as a game trophy for their personal gain and glory.
Making references to the dark realms of adulthood, the film focuses on the perspectives of Pete and Elliot to help the young ones remember certain qualities and principles that they should carry on as they grow up. Adults are usually the role models that children look up to and thus a brief advice to all of us that we should start behaving like one.
While nothing overly fantastic, Pete’s Dragon does exactly what it was meant to – empowering the young ones to step out into the world of unknown as masters of their own decisions and destinies.
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