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Pete's Dragon (2016)

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

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Pete, a boy is found in a forest. Apparently he's been living there for six years after an accident took his parents. A ranger named Grace decides to take him in and when she asks him how he survived all by himself, he says he had a friend, Elliot, with him. He draws a picture of Elliot and it's a picture of a dragon. Grace takes the picture to her father who claims that years ago, he encountered a dragon in the forest. Grace takes Pete back to the forest and he shows them where he lives and Elliot. A man saw Elliot and when he tells about his experience and is not believed, he sets out to prove it by capturing the dragon. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Rated PG for action, peril and brief language | See all certifications »

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Mi amigo el dragón  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,514,095 (USA) (12 August 2016)

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$76,204,454 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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The film takes place in 1977 and 1983. See more »

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Grace tells Pete she was about his age (maybe 10 or 11?) when her mother died. Later in the film, when she asks her father about a picture she drew, he said she drew it when she was six, about a year before her mother died. See more »

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Elliot Vocals: [Looking down at Pete]
Young Pete: [Staring up in awe] Are you gonna to eat me?
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imaginary would be compelling
4 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

5 year old Pete is in a car accident that killed his parents. He is saved by a magical dragon named Elliot. Six years later, a crew of lumberjacks is closing in on their home. Pete is taken with Natalie. She's the young daughter of forest ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and lumber company owner Jack (Wes Bentley). Grace has been told many times about a dragon by her father Meacham (Robert Redford). Grace and Natalie find the young boy Pete in the woods and take him in. Meanwhile, Jack's brother Gavin (Karl Urban) goes hunting for the mysterious creature in the forest.

I like the story, the characters, and the dragon. I can't help but think that the movie could be much better. It could improve with less money and holding back on showing the dragon. There is a natural questioning of Elliot as a figment of Pete's imagination that is missing from the audience. By showing the dragon from the start, Elliot is never in doubt. Heck, the dragon is often invisible. It would be more logical for it to be almost entirely invisible and the audience can wonder whether it's real, imagined, or a projection of Pete's imagination. The reveal would be infinitely more powerful. I like Bryce and the kids. Karl Urban is a little too broad. Robert Redford is odd in his role. He's too big of a movie star. The role should go to an elderly character actor from the retirement home. I have no problem with the look of Elliot but it would be more compelling to reveal him much later in the movie.


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