Pete's Dragon! Flying in Aug. 12, 2016
When did we lose our magic, believing in the impossible? With everything that's happening in the world it's important to remember that keeping our imagination alive, nurturing our children's creativity is not only important but it's the very essence of spreading love and keeping hope alive. Pete the Dragon does just this, makes us believe, hope for the impossible, a longing of something greater than us.
Truthfully going into this movie I expected to see the dragon maybe 2% of the movie and portrayed as a shadow or a figment of Pete's imagination. Boy was I wrong! Elliot the dragon was a main character, loveable and a hero. I took my 3 year old son and he sat through the entire movie, from the dragon, bears, wolves, oh my, he was enthralled. I was moved, it was riveting, Disney did such a great job bringing Eliot to life, made you believe that there are bigger things in this world even if we don’t see them. I’m not saying there are dragons but what I am saying is that life isn't always black and white, if you’re open to seeing everything, you'll be able to catch a few sprinkles, miracles of sorts. If you're going to catch a movie before school gets back to session take the kids to Pete's Dragon, it will be amazing.
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“Cedar Rapids”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.