It starts today!
I am so excited to share with you a summer filled with positive, helpful movie reviews! My hope is that these will be the best family movies for your summer break.
I’m calling this series, “Amazing Summer Movies for Families to Enjoy.”
I’ve invited some of my favorite blogging friends to share movies they love with you. Each Wednesday morning, I’ll add a new review for you to enjoy.
You and your family can gain a whole slew of great movie suggestions from reading these weekly reviews. I hope these articles will lead to a fun summer of movie watching for you and your crew.
Today’s Movie Title: Pete’s Dragon: An Endearing Tale for the Whole Family
With a thirteen-year-old son, an eighteen-year daughter, and a husband who doesn’t usually sit still long enough to watch a movie; it’s a rare treat to find a movie that my whole family will watch.
Wildly differing tastes among us- and a parental preference to it keep it mild (language, violence, sex) make choosing a movie to enjoy together, a tall order. That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about Pete’s Dragon.
We ALL loved this movie!
Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field’s classic story about an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend, Elliot, a dragon, is modernized in this endearing (2016) Disney re-make. It’s set in and around the woods of Washington state’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula.
“There’s magic in the woods if you know where to look for it” –Mr. Meacham
This live-action fantasy movie stars Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace, a forest ranger who finds Pete (Oakes Fegley), a ten-year-boy, who appears to have no family, and who lives in the forest with, he claims, his friend Elliot, a giant green dragon.
Elliot the dragon very much fits the same description of a dragon that Grace’s father (Robert Redford) has long told stories about to the children in town…tall tales in her opinion. But then she meets Pete- and everything changes.
The dragon is gentle and sweet- and the special effects that make Elliot look real (but not scary) are impressive. The main theme, which centers on the importance of family, is one that everyone can relate to.
A Few Cautions:
There are some scenes toward the end that might frighten young children when Elliot, the dragon, and several other characters, are in a dangerous situation.
My family loved this movie because it was a well-told story, set in a beautiful location, with an adorable child actor (Pete) who did a great job of pulling at our heartstrings. Also, Elliot, the dragon is realistic enough that we were able to suspend our disbelief and enjoy the fantasy of imagining what might be like to have a flying, disappearing dragon as a friend. The movie is predictable, but it doesn’t matter because it’s a whole lot of fun.
Other Movie Details:
The PG movie is suitable for all ages.
Pete’s Dragon is currently (summer 2017) available on Netflix streaming, Amazon Prime and on DVD. Preview trailer available HERE.
My Rating: 4/5
About today’s reviewer:
Dawn Klinge is a freelance writer and Christian blogger who loves encouraging women to keep their focus on Jesus.
She’s the author of Look to Jesus: How to Let Go of Worry and Trust God. She’s a wife and mom to two teens. A Seattle girl, she loves books and coffee.
You can find her at Above the Waves.
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