Pete’s Dragon is very, very loosely based on the 1977 Disney film of the same name, a movie that, as charming as it often is, isn’t exactly sacrilegious to remake. Handling the newest Disney modernization is director David Lowery, whose last feature film was Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Going from a sparse, tone poem to a big Disney remake is quite a jump for a filmmaker to make, but the trailer for Pete‘s Dragon suggests it’s a transition Lowery had little trouble making.
Here's the latest Pete’s Dragon trailer:
Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon isn’t set too long after the original came out. The year the story takes place is unspecified, but the film is set around the late ’70s or early ’80s. Lowery wanted Pete’s Dragon to have a timeless quality, which we can get a sense of in the trailer. Disney’s latest live-action remake stars Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oona Laurence, Wes Bently, and Karl Urban.
Lowery claims this is “the best representation of what audiences will experience this summer,” and the trailer does capture the tone of the footage I saw last week. The impression I got was that Pete’s Dragon is far more of a drama than a full-on adventure movie, but it’s definitely not without its adventurous moments. A scene featuring Pete and Elliot flying plays out exactly how a kid would dream of flying around on a dragon. It’s a beautiful and thrilling moment, seeing Pete and Elliot having the time of their lives as Lowery’s camera gracefully tracks them gliding above the misty Pacific Northwest.
Pete’s Dragon opens in theaters August 12th.
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