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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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12 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Bryce Dallas Howard played another character named Grace in Manderlay (2005). 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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Natalie: [looking at Pete's drawing of Elliot] He looks like a dragon.
Pete: What's a dragon?
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 August 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Dragon Song
Lyrics by David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks
Additional Lyrics by Will Oldham
Traditional Music Arranged by Will Oldham and Toby Halbrooks
Produced by Will Oldham
Performed by Will Oldham (as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy)
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Packs some emotional heft
14 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This updated version wasn't quite what I was expecting, though surprisingly good. The dominant theme is friendship and family and they explore this through a rather subtle tension. Pete loves Elliot, but he also needs a family (which he finds in surrogate form through Bryce Dallas-Howard, her fiancé and his young daughter).

The threat feels shoehorned in, as Karl Urban's inexplicably vengeful logger decides to hunt down the dragon and do...well, he hasn't really thought that one through. It's a weak plot device that sells the story a little short, but is ultimately forgivable. I had a sizeable lump in my throat at several points in the film, and I'm not one for sentimentality. Director Lowery handles the emotion well, particularly through an inspired folksy soundtrack.

There are distinct shades of ET here, as a boy comes to terms with the impossibility of a critical friendship. Not a lot really happens in this movie, but what you get is well paced and thoughtful.

Well worth a watch.


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