Movie Review: Disney's Pete's Dragon #PetesDragon + Activity Sheets
Director: David Lowery
Writers: David Lowery (screenplay), Toby Halbrooks (screenplay)
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action, peril and brief language
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U.S. Release date: August 12, 2016
The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.
This movie is magical!
Pete’s dragon is the story of Pete and his way to a new family. The movie takes you through a magical journey that allows everyone to push the boundaries of reality and submerge yourself into what Robert Redford’s character describes perfectly in the movie as “magic” between Pete, his dragon and his story. Family friendly and at various moments emotional makes Pete’s dragon another Disney hit.
Once you overlook a few logistics on Pete’s level of speech once he encounters humans after six years, the movie captures you through the eyes of Pete. Pete loses his parents and the only source of knowledge is his book. This book allows him to name Elliot (his dragon) and to continue with this desire to reach out for family, as he feels lost just like the character in his book. This is a brilliant device that allows the movie to carry you through Pete’s transition. Bryce Dallas, as Grace, achieves a bond with Pete’s character throughout the story that allows you to truly feel happy that Pete has found them.
The most emotional moment and what would definitely take out a few tears is Pete realizing that he has to separate from Elliot (“some things are too big to keep”) and that he wants to stay, that they both need to find their own family. And when they do, you get this feeling of fulfilling that only Disney provides through their stories.
In celebration of PETE’S DRAGON opening, Disney has shared these cool bookmarks and color sheets for your use!