What’s it about?
Disney orphan a young boy (because Disney) and strand him in the woods. There he’s befriended by a furry dragon (because magic).
What did we think?
An interesting choice to continue Disney’s turning animation-to-live-action project, Pete’s Dragons actually offers up some entertaining surprises. While the obvious surprise might appear to be the choice to make the dragon furry, it’s actually the performance of Oakes Fegley which is the outstanding centrepiece. His charismatic Pete is heartbreakingly authentic and will drag you into belief so strongly you will overlook a story that is by the numbers: it’s not a bad story but it’s predictable. But the emotion is dragged forth regardless. Kids will love it and it’s not too scary even for little ones.