As a child I remember watching Pete’s Dragon (the 1977 version) and loving the goofy, lovable Elliot, singing “Candle on the Water” and wanting to live in a lighthouse. It was one of my favorite movies growing up and currently in my movie collection for my boys when they are older.
When I heard that a remake was being released, I will admit to mixed feelings. I really loved the original and remakes of movies that are loved can quickly fall short of their predecessor. In addition, the goofy animated lovable Elliot of the original becomes a large, scary, somewhat life-like creature in the remake. Not exactly appealing to my inner child. That being said, I was excited when presented with the opportunity to view the new Pete’s Dragon.
I LOVED IT! First, the story line is completely different from the 1977 version. We see an early Pete with is family and quickly learn how he comes to befriend his dragon, Elliot. And the love between Pete and Elliot is instant and so pure and sincere – much like the love a young boy has for his dog.
Elliot is a truly lovable giant dragon with the personality of a playful dog. When watching him you just cannot help but want a dragon as a pet, snuggled up in a giant ball of green fur. Pete is an adorable child (played by Oakes Fegley) accustomed to life alone in the forest, perfectly happy with his dragon. Life for Pete and Elliot becomes complicated as Pete is discovered by a little girl and is taken to the city of Millhaven. As Pete tells his tale and mentions Elliot he is met with disbelieve. Only an old man, Mr. Meachem (played by Robert Redford) believes in the myth of dragons and Pete’s story. The others struggle to make sense out of what Pete is telling them. Who could blame them? Dragons are mythical creatures known only in stories. But the magic of this movie makes you want to believe in them.
Pete’s Dragon is what we think of as “Disney Magic”. The story line is beautifully touching, evoking laughter, tears and hope. The underlying theme is love – the love that Pete has for Elliot, the love that is for the forest and the love that the community has for Pete. While Elliot is a giant toothy dragon he is not scary, making Pete’s Dragon a perfect family movie for kids of all ages.
This movie is a must see, and will quickly take its place in my movie collection!
- Sara, Phoenix Mom Blog contributor
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Disney Pete’s Dragon. Two tickets to pre-screen the movie were given in exchange for an honest review.