The new version of Pete's Dragon is nothing like the old one, but it is equally enchanting. A big, green, furry dragon who doesn't talk befriends a lonely, scared boy, and together, they make their way in the world. I think the new soundtrack is just as lovely as the old one (although it is a movie score as opposed to a musical score), and Pete is just as well played. Some of the scenes in the new movie are probably scarier for younger viewers, but the ending is happier, so that is a plus.
2. The Jungle Book (2016/1967): Imagine taking a fun romp through Disney's Jungle River Cruise. Then, imagine adding a LOT of suspense and subtracting most of the silly songs. Now you have this year's The Jungle Book. This movie made me startle and gasp in the theater more than once. My youngest daughter can't wait to have her older brother watch the new movie. . . it was actually scary in places! And, the scenery is absolutely amazing. We can't wait to watch this again on DVD!
1. Mirror, Mirror (2012/1937): Okay, this was one of the first remakes to come out four years ago, but I can't help mentioning it. A retelling of Snow White, this is definitely a go-to movie at our house. When we want something funny, happy, pretty and clever all at the same time, this fits the bill.
Action + Humor + a Princess who learns to hold her own = Enjoyment.
If we want to watch something like The Princess Bride but already watched it last week, Mirror, Mirror is a great choice.
Have you seen any of these movies? What is your favorite live action remake?