you will come out of the film knowing that you hadn’t wasted your life and that actually, yeah it was quite a good film!
So yesterday my girlfriend went once again to the cinema to see another Disney film. This time it was the remake of the classic not-so-classic Pete’s Dragon from the 70s which you probably saw when you flicked through the channels when staying round your grandmas.
I'm not going to lie to you, I thought the film looked pretty bad. The trailer did nothing for me, and I felt there were jokes added into the trailer that were meant to grab laughs but actually didn’t. BUT HOLD UP. So I wasn’t expecting much clearly! The film started at spoiler alert, the parents of our main Tarzan like character Pete died, you know in normal Disney fashion. But he is then met by a fierce cuddly quite dog like magic dragon which Pete calls Elliot, which he takes from his only possession, a book about a lost dog. I felt the film started quite slow, but the film was quite heart warming and Elliot was cute.
We then meet a group of wood chucks whose job it is to basically cut down this massive arse forest, only that is of course the home of Elliot and Pete. These wood chucks I could not care less about. The two main chucks, Jack and Gavin are brothers, and when Jack’s wife played by the wonderful Bryce Dallas Howard finds Pete and takes him on as her son, we start to see less and less of this dragon, and are actually given more of a type of Oliver film where this homeless boy is instead given another chance with a new family.
This is where the film lacks. You see we are promised Pete’s Dragon, when really for the first two thirds of the film, we just had Pete and a tad of Elliot. But when Jack and his wife discover that Pete’s friend is actually real, Gavin is on the pursuit to kill the Dragon and put an end to the magic, mainly for his own interest of his bank account.
The last third we see plenty of Elliot but its at this point that I don't really care about Elliot, when I really should. I’m making this sound awful, but the truth is the film I enjoyed a lot. I wasn’t expecting much but was giving a good family Disney film, with some decent laughs and a decent story line which was occasionally aided by Robert Redford throughout. I also got to shed some tears towards the end, and once I had seen the last ten minuets of the film, the rest of it became so worth it.
This film I would recommend for families and Disney fans! The CGI might not be perfect but you will come out of the film knowing that you hadn’t wasted your life and that actually, yeah it was quite a good film! However what was wasted was Elliot, as it would have been great to see more of him, and a little less of the ten year old girl that Pete has shacked up with! She's ten year old and has more wisdom than Ghandi! If we wanted to hear the wisdom maybe we could have heard it through the magic believing grandfather Robert Redford or one of the pointless woodchucks. But really I'm just being picky. I enjoyed myself and would watch it again for sure.