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Pete's Dragon review

An average movie

Almost a year ago I did see the remake by David Lowery and since I did like it, I thought I should watch this original version at some point, especially since it was available on Disney+. The interesting thing about this movie was that it was one of the few early attempts from Disney to mix live-action with some animated characters, something which has become pretty common nowadays thanks to the rise of the CGI technology. Well, apparently, it wasn't really a success when it was released but, since then, it has become more or less a cult-classic but, to be honest, I really struggled to care about the damned thing. Eventually, I donโ€™t know what bothered me the most, the fact that the tone was just so sweet, it was borderline syrupy, or the fact that the story was actually pretty weak. I mean, it was rather odd that there was no proper introduction explaining how Pete and Elliott actually got acquainted but it wasnโ€™t really a big deal. A bigger issue was that pretty much everything happening was just terribly random. To make things worse, I thought that Sean Marshall was rather obnoxious and Iโ€™m not surprised that the kid soon retired after playing in this movie. The fact that his character kept telling everybody that his best friend was a dragon was also just so annoying and pretty stupid. I mean, at some point, you would hope that he might figure out that it wasnโ€™t such a smart move and just shut up about it. At least, Elliott was a cool character (in fact, it would be the last work done by Don Bluth for Disney before he left the company disillusioned) and I liked the fact that the character was completely mute but there were some long stretches during which this dragon was seriously missed. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was actually really generous with my rating here but I guess it might be worth a look, however, only if you really like the genre.

Added by johanlefourbe
1 week ago on 30 July 2020 10:10