Sick Product of a Sick System
How sad is this?
Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
I mean, it was fine? When you're watching a movie about a boy and his dragon friend, you don't expect realism. But the dragon was actually more believable than (a) much of the acting*, (b) characters' reactions to said dragon, (c) the boy himself. It was still cute and endearing enough, I suppose. But I think this film wanted to be magical...which is why Redford used that word like 5 times. It was not magical. It was cute. Big difference.* I'm looking at you, Karl Urban.
The disappointment of a beauty, is a happiness of a tragedy. A happy tragedy is a happiness that creates an impure tragedy and it's a tragedy that creates an impure happiness.An impure tragedy, is a tragic tragedy. An impure happiness is a tragic happiness - a tragic happiness creates a tragic happiness and it creates a tragic tragedy.A tragic tragedy is a happy tragedy that can't be defeated. A tragic happiness creates a happy tragedy that can be defeated and a happy tragedy that can't be defeated. A happy tragedy is a force of nature that means that the ability to overcome and the inability to overcome are indistinct from each other: the need to overcome can be the need to respect, and the need to respect can be the need to overcome.Respecting an adversary is intelligence. Looking past nostalgia is intelligence: the problem with Pete's Dragon, is that the movie's nature makes the intelligence of respecting an adversary and the intelligence of looking past nostalgia into sources of antagonism.Pete's Dragon makes evolution into a genuine roadblock
It had an orphan named Pete and a dragon named Elliot and nothing else. This isn't a remake it's a new movie that copied a story about an orphan named Pete and his dragon. The pretentious Hollywood writers (who must be to young to know we didn't wear seat belts in 1983, or that if air breaks lose pressure they actually set) should've changed Pete and Elliott's name and called this movie something else. The original, that had to use a drawn in dragon, stomped all over this movie. What a disappointment.
With a heartbreaking intro, this movie begins strong both visually and thematically. There is some heart to a story of an orphan and his dragon but a lot of the 'plotty' things really get in the way. You can probably guess this isn't a story about how Pete lived in the woods with a dragon and no one bothered them, the end.There are some nice visuals here and there but I found the parts in the woods to look really drab and colour graded to an ugly green. Elliot the dragon looked pretty good and they managed more emotion in his face than Okja.The bad guy part of the story doesn't even try to give him motivations. He's just there because he wants to capture a dragon and act mad/scared all the time.Overall nothing awful here but also nothing to make it stand out as a compelling kid's movie.