When a young boy, a dragon and the magic of Disney come together you end up with the wonderful story of Pete’s Dragon.
In true Disney fashion the movie begins with a tragic event leaving a young Pete (Oakes Figley) alone and lost in the woods. The event happens quickly and is not graphic, so younger aged children (5 and under) may not be aware of the actual loss he experiences. I was glad they didn’t dwell on the loss of the parents and moved immediately to the introduction of Elliot.
Elliot is a fluffy, green, winged dragon that resembles a clumsy, lovable, overgrown puppy. Immediately my daughter began to express her desire to have her own pet dragon. Together Elliot and Pete spend the next 6 years of their lives in the Millhaven Forest being the best of friends.
For years there had been talk about a dragon living in the Millhaven Forest by Roy Hobbs. (Robert Redford) Yet most believed it to be nothing more than the ramblings of an old man. That is until Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) the local Forest Ranger and daughter of Roy Hobbs finds 10 year old Pete deep within the woods she loves.
Unsure of where he belongs or even where he came from, Grace brings a scared Pete to her home until they could figure out who he was and why he was all alone.
From this point on it is Pete’s job to help people understand that Elliot is real and poses no danger to the town. As humans often do, the people of the town have a hard time accepting something they can’t understand. Rather than even trying to learn about Elliot, they would rather cause fear and panic creating an unsafe environment for Pete and his dragon.
From a parents point of view I like how Disney allows the kids of the movie to open the eyes of the adults. It’s awesome that the children watching this movie in theaters can see no matter how old you are, you can make a difference.
While there are several moments throughout the show that may make you or your child tear up, they are not all for sad moments. I saw a child leaving the theater that I could tell had cried a little. When I asked her about the tears, she said they were happy ones.
Disney did a great job with the remake of Pete’s Dragon. I believe this movie is appropriate for all ages. Whether you are young or old, Pete’s Dragon is a great movie to see. For the adults seeing the movie it’a a great reminder that things may not always be as they seem and sometimes rather than trying to figure them out, maybe just try accepting things as they are.
I highly recommend Pete’s Dragon if you don’t have plans for this weekend.
If you have seen the movie, I would love to hear what you thought of it. Leave your comments in the section below….