Pete’s Dragon, the reimagining of a classic Disney animated tale is completely different from the original…and it is absolutely perfect that way!
The new Pete’s Dragon, actually holds no similarities to the original, other than keeping the name of the young boy, Pete (Oakes Fegley), and his best friend, Elliot, a giant dragon who can camouflage himself, spit fire and fly. Director David Lowery, takes the helm of this magical adventure in the Pacific Northwest (though it was filmed in the lush New Zealand), and delivers a new classic for families to enjoy together.
Pete was orphaned by a car accident that took his parents lives and has been living in the woods, being taking care of Elliot, a dragon who happens to be his best friend. In a town nearby, Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has told the local kids the story of when he encountered a dragon in the woods for many years. Most kids loved his stories, but his daughter, park ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), just believed them to be tall-tales. One day, she is out in the woods and finds Pete, who tells her he was never alone, that a dragon was his friend all these years in the woods. Soon, Grace, Mr. Meacham, and her fiance Jack (Wes Bentley), and his daughter Natalie (Oona Laurence), must help Elliot escape from being captured by Gavin (Karl Urban), who happens to be Jack’s brother.
Pete’s Dragon is not only gorgeous in scenery, but really allows you to be part of the journey. Oakes and Oona are extremely talented kids who lead the film, and it’s magic, with ease and agility that you usually only see in much more seasoned actors. Elliot will become your new favorite “pet”, so to speak, and I swear, I need a dragon in my life now.
The original animated movie, has had a special place in my heart since I was a child. It was the movie my mom and grandmother would put on for me when I was sick, in bed, and miserable. It never failed to make me feel better. So, I couldn’t wait to share the new movie with my daughter. So, you can imagine the thrill of not only watching her see the movie, but getting to take her to the world premiere, which was right here in Los Angeles.
It began with a walk to the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, and a pose before the pre-party, which was super fun.
Now, usually I am the selfie queen on the carpet…but I think my girl may have picked up a few pointers here and there.
If you end your summer by taking your kids to one film, make sure that Pete’s Dragon is it. I guarantee you will all love it!