Anyone looking to compare this Pete’s Dragon with the 1977 original would do well not to — in part because the 1977 version is garbage, and in part because this remake is an entirely different creature. Set in the shadowed forests of the Pacific Northwest, Pete’s Dragon: 2016 Edition finds feral child Pete (Oakes Fegley) hanging out in the woods with his pal Elliot, a giant green dog who can fly. At its best points, that’s all the movie is: a dirt-smeared kid and his excellent dragon running around with a wild earnestness that recalls Spike Jonze’s underrated take on Where the Wild Things Are (102 min.).
Director: David Lowery
Producer: Jim Whitaker and Barrie Osborne
Cast: Bryce Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Marcus Henderson, Aaron Jackson and Phil Grieve