There is magic this time of year, with the lights and the power of belief. That magic carries over to the newly released Disney’s Pete’s Dragon on Blu-Ray.
Not a fan of the original. It serves no memories to me aside from the pink dragon; I almost passed on this movie. I’m so glad I didn’t because the remake is nothing like the original, aside from an orphan boy named Pete and his dragon, Elliot.
Bryce Dallas Howard shines in this movie as Grace, a Forest Ranger caught up in her career and failing to see what lurks within her sight. Even her dad, Mr. Mechum, played by the legendary Robert Redford, tells her this. Mr. Mecham is known for his tales to the neighbor kids of his encounter with a dragon.
In all fairness, Mr. Mecham’s encounter happened a long time ago, but his memory is still vivid and clear on what he saw that day.
The movie opens with a somber moment. The moment Pete becomes an orphan and finds his small self alone in the woods. Alone until Elliot, the dragon arrives and the two become inseparable.
Without much notice the movie has events spiraling like a domino race and the question becomes, do Pete and Elliot lose everything?
Pete, played by Oakes Fegley, does an incredible job of investing the viewer in his story. His pain is evident as he finds himself forced to choose between the family he has with Elliot and the family that is more like him.
As expected with any Disney movie, there is a villain. Gavin (Karl Urban) plays the part well and offers some comedy in the thicket of the plot that I found welcoming.
My family loves this movie.
I will caution parents with small children that there is a scene where Gavin and his logging crew use a tranquilizer gun to shoot Elliot. It’s an intense and dramatic scene. It does imply more than it shows but is still something for consideration.
In the end, I found Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, a movie with soul. It’s a well-told story, with likable characters and a theme of family and friendship that fills the heart and had me believing love can conquer all.
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon on Blu-Ray makes for a great family movie night or stocking stuffer.