Walt Disney’s Pete’s Dragon – Movie Review

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Disney’s newest film – Pete’s Dragon – hit the theatres this weekend.  Goose and E1 had the chance to preview it before the general audiences.  E1’s first and foremost thought?

Well, someone is finally spelling Elliot properly

For those of you who’d like to know a bit more about the story than that:

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.

E1 enjoyed this movie enough to tell me, in detail, about several scenes in it, three days later.  Goose has never seen him as engaged in any other movie as he was in this one.  Of course, Robert Redford is an actor that does tend to make memorable movies, for all the right reasons. 

I am not familiar with the original story nor the animated version that came out a while ago.  I understand from others who are better acquainted with the story that this version is a much truer adaptation to the original story than the 1977 version was. 

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Click on the image above for a bundle of Pete’s Dragon activity pages to keep your kids busy during these last few weeks of summer.  Have a great rest of the summer and see you at the movies!

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