Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Story: Reimagining of Disney’s family fantasy adventure directed and co-written by David Lowery based on a short story by S.S. Field and Seton I. Miller. The story follows an orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliott, who just happens to be a dragon.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of a fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) who works as a forest ranger, those stories are little more than tall tales until she meets Pete, a boy with no family and no home and who claims to live in the woods with a giant green dragon named Elliot.
From Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from her father’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), a young girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Verdict: I was surprised by this movie as I had never seen the original and looking at all the promotional material nothing was drawing me into this movie. When I came to finally watching it I was actually pleasantly surprised, it’s a sweet, heartwarming movie and, yes, it is pretty predictable, but it actually what makes it work. If you want a family movie which gearing towards a feel-good vibe then you really can’t go wrong with this one.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 25)
[telling a story to some kids]
Meacham: I wasn’t going to be done, not yet. I just took out my pocket knife and as the dragon set upon me…
[he takes out his pocket knife, extends the knife and stabs the table hard]
Meacham: I drove it home.
Grace: Scaring the kids again, dad?
Meacham: No, no, no, I was just giving them a leg up on what’s out there in those woods.
Grace: Well, I’m out in those woods everyday, and while I have seen bears and bobcats and just about every type of bird you can imagine, I have never seen a dragon.
Meacham: Well just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there.
Grace: And just because you say it’s true doesn’t mean it is. But I’m headed out there right now and I’ll let you all know if I see anything big and green and breathing fire.
[referring to Peter]
Grace: I was out here at the eastern path, but that’s…
Jack: Fifty miles east.
Grace: From where we found him.
[Pete turns to leave]
Grace: Wait. Wait, wait, wait. Do you know where your parents are? Your family?
Sheriff Dentler: [to Grace] My guess he was on a picnic or a camping trip, he wondered off and got himself lost.
Jack: [to Grace] Living out in the woods, doing things his own way. Sounds like a boy after your own heart.
Grace: I guess you heard about the boy.
Meacham: You know word travels fast in this town. How long has he been out there?
Grace: Six years.
Meacham: You don’t survive in a forest for six years alone.
Grace: He says he wasn’t alone.
Meacham: How long has he been out there?
Grace: Six years.
Meacham: Six years. Nobody could survive in that forest for six years, and he’s not alone.
Grace: I know the forest like the back of my hand. I wouldn’t have missed a dragon.
Meacham: You missed Pete.
Pete: You’ll see. I have Elliot.
Grace: Who’s Elliot?
Grace: Is Elliot a person?
Pete: I need to get back down there. He gets scared when I’m gone.
Grace: What did you really see out there?
[Pete shows Grace his drawing of Elliot]
Pete: He’s my friend.
Grace: This is Elliot?
[looking at Pete’s drawing]
Natalie: He looks like a dragon.
Pete: What’s a dragon?
[when they see Elliot for the first time]
Natalie: That’s a dragon.
Grace: You don’t have to run anymore, Pete. You can stay with us.
Grace: [to Pete] You’re very brave, did you know that? You might be the bravest boy I’ve ever met.
[referring to Elliot’s footprint]
Gavin: Hey, guys. What do you think?
Bobby: A bear?
Gavin: Have you ever seen a bear that big?
Gavin: This thing is dangerous.
Pete: [to Elliot] I don’t want to leave you, but they’ll come looking for you.
Natalie: What’s going to happen to Elliot?
Gavin: You have no idea what this thing is capable of.
Gavin: Let’s go hunting.
Pete: Elliot, fly!
[into his radio]
Sheriff Dentler: Attention all units, we’re eastbound on Millhaven Road, in pursuit of a…
Deputy Smalls: Dragon! It’s a dragon!
Sheriff Dentler: You can’t say dragon over the radio!
Meacham: There’s magic in the woods, if you know where to look for it.
Total Quotes: 25
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