Empire | Pete's Dragon' Review


Perhaps remembered more with a hazy affection than any kind of passion, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon was second-tier Disney — a mix of live action, animation, horrible acting and humdrum songs. It was a fun idea — a lonely boy makes friends with a dragon — but one that wasn’t properly fleshed out. As such, it’s an ideal target — and a notable point of difference — in Disney’s current sweep of remakes, which has so far given us satisfying live-action updates of Cinderella and The Jungle Book, with Beauty And The Beast still to come. If Disney dares to revisit the classics, then why not also make something good from the mediocre?

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