Over the weekend, I got to see a preview of the new live action Pete’s Dragon by Walt Disney Studios. There have been some mixed feelings about all the new live action movies, but this movie is brilliant and will leave you feeling all of the feels!
This is not a remake of the classic 1977 Pete’s Dragon that many of us grew up watching on VHS. You won’t be revisiting Passamaquoddy or singing along with the well-loved songs of our childhood. BUT you will fall in love with this all new story and Elliot will steal your heart. The new Pete’s Dragon is completely re-imagined, but you will still go on an adventure of love, friendship and family.
In the small Pacific Northwest town of Millhaven the legends of dragons still exist and Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) loves to dazzle the children with his story of meeting a ferocious dragon face to face. His daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) has grown up listening to her father’s ramblings about the dragon and while she doesn’t believe him she has a love for the Millhaven forest and has sworn to protect all creatures in it as a forest ranger. Pete (Oakes Fegley) meets Elliot in the forest after a terrible accident takes the lives of his parents. For six (6) years Elliot helps Pete survive and is his only friend. When Pete is discovered by 11 year old Natalie (Oona Laurence), Jack’s (Wes Bently) daughter, the charming town of Millhaven is turned upside down.
My Review of the new Pete’s Dragon
The delightful cast pulls you in and instantly you are a part of the story. Your heart becomes invested in this quaint town and those that live there. There will be tears and you will feel all the feels, so make sure bring tissues or grab some extra napkins along with your popcorn.
There were a few ramblings of Elliot being too scary when the movie posters first came out, but that is so not the case. Walt Disney Studios did amazing things with CGI technology. Elliot was incredibly and adorably done and so life like. I swear there were moments when if I raised my hand to the screen I would have been able to feel Elliot’s soft green fur. I, along with many others, left he theater wishing we had our own Elliot.
Rated PG Pete’s Dragon is family friendly. A few parts that may frighten children under 5 years old, but I still feel is it appropriate for all ages. If you have young children, especially those that scare easily, you may want to view it before taking them.
Pete’s Dragon flies into theaters across the country this Friday, August 12, 2016. You won’t want to miss out seeing this phenomenal family film, so make sure to get your tickets today!
Until Friday enjoy these activity sheets courtesy of Walt Disney Studios:
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