Review: Pete’s Dragon

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Pet’s Dragon

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Duration: 103 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 19-AUG-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 / 5 (An Average Affair with the Dragon)

Plot:
The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.

Overall Review:
After hits like: Zootopia, The Jungle Book & The BFG, I had high expectations from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. But Disney has failed to deliver. Pete’s Dragon is nothing less than The Jungle Book meets The Good Dinosaur. Disney rolls the dice with a green fuzzy dragon Elliot, the biggest asset of the film. It works brilliantly mainly because they craft the illusion in such way that you believe he is really there. It blends perfectly with the natural surroundings (gorgeous New Zealand forests) and his face is so expressive that you will forget that you’re watching a CGI character. Story is simple and engaging (at few scenes) dealing with loss, fear, bravery and friendship. The pacing felt too slow for me, especially in the first act. It felt as if they did not have enough of a story to fill the duration and decided to just stretch it out. Movie is not as much fun as expected and a bit cliché at times. It’s more of serious nature having darker color scheme and powerful symphony music thats holds little of the energy. The movie of course relies heavily on the relationship between Pete and Elliot and it was all done perfectly, especially given the limited amount of screen time that the two have together. Pete’s Dragon is just an average affair to remember.

Performance & Technical Review:
Elliot, the Dragon, is a delight and a marvel. The performances are good in the movie. Shooting on location in New Zealand, cinematographer Bojan Bazelli takes full advantage of the natural beauty the landscapes provide, creating an old fashioned feel that adds to the magic. Working well with production designer Jade Healy, the film both looks and feels as if it came straight out of a children’s book, allowing audiences to enter into a more innocent time and place unseen in most movies today. For the 2nd Half, movie is well written with dialogues being organic and believable.

PDF Verdict:
Pete’s Dragon may not be the most exciting or the best animated film of the year but is pleasant enough to keep the age group of 5-9 years on the seat. An emotional bonding between Pete and his Elliot passes a good message on friendship and family and is the only selling point of this Disney’s remake.

Ratings: 3 / 5 (An Average Affair with the Dragon)
Performance: 3 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5
CGI: 3 on 5

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