I have to admit that I never saw Pete’s Dragon. I mean Pete’s Dragon, not Pete’s Dragon. Obviously I saw Pete’s Dragon or I wouldn’t be writing this. Since I never saw Pete’s Dragon I’m not going to try and compare the two, I’m just going to talk about Pete’s Dragon.
Let’s start off with a warning. If you have sensitive little ones, parts of this movie may be too much for them. We took my daughter and our nephew. He has been raised on a steady diet of watching scary movies and had no problem. Our daughter was crying and in my lap during a couple intense scenes. One of these scenes comes at the very beginning of the movie. So, scary bits aside. How was it?
In a word, AWESOME.
Pete’s Dragon is a lovable “boy and his dog” type of movie. The only difference is that the “dog” is a giant green dragon that can fly. And lives in the woods. Did I mention that he is a dragon? When Pete wanders in to the woods as a young boy Elliott (the dragon) finds him and takes care of him. There is no “making you wait 3 hours” to see the dragon because this isn’t some suspense based thriller. This movie is about the love that Pete and Elliott have for each other and you will feel that.
I have to admit that as soon as I saw Elliott I immediately thought of one of my dogs (the dopey one). That however is a very good thing, because it served to lighten up the tragic beginning and make it immediately relatable to anyone that loves their pet like a family member. And just like a family dog that tries to protect you, so does Elliott when he senses Pete needs him.
I laughed, I cried, I cheered. I rocked my daughter as she cried in my lap. It was a good movie. I’m going back.
PETE’S DRAGON ~ IN THEATERS AUGUST 12, 2016
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Disclaimer: I received complimentary entry to a pre-screening of PETE’S DRAGON to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still my own. Photos and video courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.