PETE’S DRAGON (PG)
DIRECTOR: DAVID LOWERY STARRING: BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD, ROBERT REDFORD, OAKES FEGLEY OUR CRITIC EMMA CHADWICK GIVES IT
Pete’s Dragon is a sweet story about 11-year-old Pete and his dragon, Elliot.
Pete is orphaned when his parents die after a car crash on a remote forest road on their way to the holiday adventure of a lifetime.
It’s a life-changing event for anyone but what happens next is the thing storybook adventures are made of.
An unlikely pair – a boy and a dragon – tumble and leap their way through the woods living the life of Riley, as they become best of friends. It’s a jolly carefree boy’s life for six years until a ranger named Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) discovers Pete hiding in the forest. What follows has some entertaining
Jungle Book themes including that you can take the boy out of the jungle but you can’t take the jungle out of the boy.
For me, Pete’s Dragon was in danger of having too little action too late, and being way too sweet.
However, despite its simple moments and stunning scenery, the movie had some complex themes around love, loss and bonds of friendship.
Of course there were environmental bad guys and it even some blow ’em up, smash ’em up action and a car chase.
My own 11-year-old boy and fellow reviewer was enthralled with the whole adventure.
When we driving home we were spotting dragons in our own town for fun.
This family adventure fantasy movie is a must-see with the kids this school holidays.