There is an efficiency to this which is satisfying but only insofar as it exists in a family film. It's competent and technically sound but never misses a beat, in a pejorative. I am glad kids will see it but also cautious now, knowing of Ghost, that it serves mostly to allow Lowery to do a personal project. Lovely but safe 2.5
A present day example of what we call Disney magic. David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) makes the shift into family entertainment with this quite remarkable remake of a lesser 70's Disney entry. Old fashioned and manipulative in part...sure, but when the formula works...it works. Well cast especially young Oakes Fegley who is aces throughout. Put the cynic inside you aside and enjoy.
"Pete's Dragon" is a remake with its heart in the right place: "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery graduates to the Disney big leagues while still retaining some of the visual poetry of his earlier films, and it's clear he's a student of the Amblin tradition. But the characters here feel so underdeveloped that all the attempts at heart-tugging, "E.T"-style moments land with a thud rather than tears.
An excellent example of a family film, begins tense and immediately in the first minute in the movie happens the plot twist that makes us follow the film more carefully. Dragon is designed to the last detail and in some ways it behaves like a cat, 5 stars for the dragon, 4 stars for the film.
Arriver à nous faire regretter l'un des pires Disney : voilà une belle réussite pour le film de David Lowery. Cette sucrerie sentimentale, qui dégouline de bons sentiments surannés, qui multiplie les incohérences, les personnages creux, les dialogues débiles, se révèle plus lourde qu'un cake sans levure. La boule de poils verte est décidément indigeste au possible.
3-3.5. The climax is kinda messy, but the movie is all-around warm and meditative, leaning more on action and body language (and a bit of symbolism) than a complicated conflict. It fits together so well, and grabs at an unusually high number of nuances about the way people interact with the part of them that's connected to nature. A really pleasant surprise, all in all.