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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pete's Dragon: Movie Review

By: Matt Suzara

Pete (Oakes Fegley), is just a little boy when his parents died in a car crash in the heart of the forest during their adventure trip. Alone and scared, he finds himself helped by a big furry dragon that later he decided to name as Elliot. The two went along for the last six years, roaming around the forest and successfully avoiding contact with the locals. Meanwhile, our narrator Meacham (Robert Redford), the man who claims to have a close encounter with a dragon is sharing his experience with the local children but his daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard); a park ranger still won't believe his dad until she saw one with his own eyes. Soon, when Pete and Grace crossed paths, both of their lives will change as the myth finally comes to life. 

The film walks into a familiar territory and delivers a heart-wrenching material. It is a film for the whole family with a great theme highlighting the true value of friendship. Its simplicity is the key to make the film memorable and  uniquely gives the audience the magical feeling they will experience while watching the whole thing. Elliot the dragon behaves more like a dog and will easily capture your hearts right from the get go. The CGI creature managed to surprise everyone as you'll not just love the way he looks because he is fluffy and cuddly but also has an extraordinary characteristic that you'll instantly feel even with a glimpse of his eyes. 

As for the cast, young Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence are both impressive throughout. They managed to set the tone straight and even with paper thin performances from its adult supporting cast, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and Karl Urban provided some additional firepower.

Overall, Pete's Dragon is like a timeless tale that you'll simply want to read over and over again. It is like a book that never gets old and a true classic that can be enjoyed by future generations. It's Jungle Book meets How to Train Your Dragon. Well, if you both enjoyed these two films, then that is one of a hundred reasons on why you need to see this film on the big screen. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars  

Cast: Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford

Directed by: David Lowery
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios PH
Opens September 7 in cinemas nationwide


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