Pete’s Dragon has changed significantly from its original, but it is still a heartwarming story of a boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. The movie starts out with Pete (age 6) and his family going on an adventure when tragedy strikes and Pete ends up by himself lost in the woods with just his backpack and favorite book. Alone and scared, Pete is saved from danger from a dragon who shows him the way of the forest. The two become each others family and best friends.
The scenes with Pete and Elliot playing and having fun in the forest were some of my favorites in the entire movie. They were filled with pure joy, and love. I could not help but think of my 7 year old who would love to run wild in the forest with a dragon.
Flash forward 6 years, forest ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), local lumber mill owner (Wes Bentley) and his 11-year old daughter Natalie (Oona Laurence) discover Pete in the forest. To them, Pete is a mysterious boy with no family, and no home.
Pete tells them he isn’t alone and that he lives with Elliot, a dragon that takes care of him. Elliot sounds remarkably similar to a story Mr. Meacham’s (Robert Redford) tells local children about a fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods. These stories have always been tall tales, until now. Grace, Natalie, and Mr. Meacham set out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about his dragon.
Age Recommendation for Pete’s Dragon
This movie will totally appeal to my 7 year olds very active imagination. In fact, after I showed him pictures from the Pete’s Dragon movie premiere, he is even more convinced that Elliot is real! I cannot wait to take him to go and see the film!! However, there are several intense scenes that might worry sensitive children, so I would say at least 6+ for this movie. You know your child best and how much they can handle.
Pete’s Dragon has all of the Disney elements I love. I laughed, I cried (bring tissues), I was worried, and I was amazed at how unbelievably realistic Elliot looked in the film. It was amazing to see how they were able to convey his thoughts and emotions through his expressions, actions and movements without even saying a word. The chemistry between Elliot and Pete was real! I DO BELIEVE IN DRAGONS!
Pete’s Dragon soars into theaters this Friday, August 12th!