Pete’s Dragon Movie Review
Opening this weekend is Pete’s Dragon, a live-action version of the Disney cartoon.
Right away, Disney pulls a Disney (think the beginning of Nemo, Cinderella, Snow White, Frozen, Tarzan, etc). A little boy, Pete, becomes best friends with a dragon, who he names Elliot after the only book he owns. I’m terrible at writing these, so here is the rest straight from Disney:
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
I’m quite mixed on Pete’s Dragon. On one hand, I was holding back tears the entire movie. But it just seemed to be missing… something. I don’t know what, just something. I seemed to be the only one who felt that way because everyone I asked said they liked it. And it isn’t that I disliked it… just, I don’t know. Something was off for me.
The kids seemed to love it. And I understand why: Elliot was incredibly fun. He reminded me of a giant green happy stuffed animal. The CGI work was really good. I watched the 3-d version, which I don’t think is necessary. I didn’t notice anything actually pop out at me.
Overall, this movie is definitely worth going to see. While it wasn’t my personal favorite, others definitely loved it.
Make sure to check out these awesome coloring pages for your kids to color before or after you go!