“If the sky could dream, it would dream of dragons.” – Llona Andrews
Pete is a five year old boy at the beginning of Pete’s Dragon. We meet him in the backseat of a car as he and his parents head towards an adventure. However, tragedy intervenes and Pete soon finds himself alone in the forest. Luckily, he is not really alone and he meets Elliot, the dragon.
Pete and Elliot become fast friends but cannot stay hidden in the forest forever. Their lives change once they are discovered, but can their friendship survive? Dragons have been capturing the imaginations of both children and adults for centuries. Sometimes the stories people create portray dragons as fierce and dangerous creatures, and sometimes they are funny and clumsy friends. Disney’s newest Pete’s Dragon places Elliot the dragon somewhere in the middle. This new incarnation of the Disney classic is fun, thrilling, happy, and sad. It is quite an adventure and your entire family will enjoy it.
Pete’s Dragon, like the BFG earlier this year, has the feel of a classic Disney movie like the ones we grew up with. This is one your kiddos may want to watch over and over again. Some younger or more sensitive children may be upset by a few scenes. The first potentially upsetting scene is at the beginning of the movie when Pete’s parents die in a car accident. Also, there are a few scenes involving Elliot that might be stressful for younger children. When those scenes happen, feel free to whisper “Everything will be alright” to your kiddos, because it will. Other than the scene at the beginning of the movie, no one dies in Pete’s dragon.
Two of my favorites, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford, are incredible in this movie. Also, Pete is portrayed by Oakes Fegley who is quite a talented boy.
Rating: PG for action, peril and brief language.
Worth seeing in 3D? The 3D was fun, but if you see it in 2D you will not miss much.
Scene after the credits? No.