Before filmmaker David Lowery
put actor Casey Affleck under a white bed sheet and waxed philosophical earlier this year in A Ghost Story
, a film featuring a scene where actress Rooney Mara eats an entire chocolate cream pie for five whole minutes (no, seriously), the Milwaukee-born director/writer was given the opportunity to create his own version of Pete’s Dragon
, which Disney first produced for the big screen in 1977 as a live-action/animated musical.
Lowery’s 2016 reboot is charming enough and shows audiences that updating Disney fairytales is working for the most part – Cinderella
, The Jungle Book
, yes; Beauty and the Beast
, no. Disney will continue with the live-action remakes when Dumbo
, The Lion King
, The Little Mermaid
and others are soon repackaged.
Until then, a screening of Pete’s Dragon
, which plays a bit like Harry and the Hendersons
with a few nods to Steven Spielberg’s E.T.
, is a nice way to get the family off Netflix for a couple of hours and enjoy an outdoor movie together brought to you by the City of San Antonio’s World Heritage Office
. Also: free popcorn (popped for your enjoyment by dragon fire).
Free, Saturday, October 7, 7pm, Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., 207-8612, slabcinema.com.