PETE’S DRAGON (PG)

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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.

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