Collider: Pete’s Dragon is a magical beast. Disney made a bold choice in hiring Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery, and he has rewarded their faith in him with a family film that’s both unique and universal. While some may long for the lighthearted tone of the 1977 original, Lowery has crafted a picture that’s far more resonant and thoughtful. His film explores devastating loss, loneliness, and longing for a family. And while those are weighty subjects for a movie that’s ostensibly meant for children, Lowery handles the picture with a deft touch that allows us to be swept up in the magic of a young boy and his best friend who happens to be a big, furry dragon.