PETE’S DRAGON ★★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM -

Di­rected by David Bow­ery. Star­ring Bryce Dal­las Howard, Oakes Fe­g­ley, Wes Bent­ley, Karl Ur­ban, Oona Lau­rence, Robert Red­ford Walt Dis­ney’s cam­paign to re­make their whole back cat­a­logue reaches the largely unloved 1977 film about a boy (Fe­g­ley) who makes friends with a dragon. The orig­i­nal film’s rel­a­tive ob­scu­rity per­mits David Low­ery, di­rec­tor of Texan noir Ain’t Them Bod­ies Saints, to chip and chop to his heart’s con­tent. He has fash­ioned a film closer in shape to ET than to the Dis­ney film, but the new Pete’s Dragon has a char­ac­ter very much its own. Sweet, cool, kind and hugely mov­ing. PG cert, gen re­lease, 102 min DC

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