Pete’s Dragon Opens Nationwide Today!

Last weekend our family had the opportunity to see Pete’s Dragon.

I’ll be completely honest, this was one of those movies that I was pretty indifferent about seeing. There have been plenty of great movies this summer that have had me excited and I felt pretty in the dark about Pete’s Dragon {I don’t recall seeing the original…} but we went and boy was I surprised.


Pete’s Dragon was hands down the BEST family movie I’ve seen ALL summer. We brought our three youngest, ages 3, 7 & 10 and it was perfect for all three of their ages. The feel good storyline, the imaginative aspect and overall the joy and giggles, all made it a movie we walked out of smiling.

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted children in the sleepy town of Millhaven 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 in these very woods, his stories are lile more than tall tales…unl she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home to speak of, who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot, and from his descripons, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the fabled dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories.

As Grace slowly begins to earn Pete’s trust, opening his eyes to the possibility that there is a world beyond his forest, his presence causes Grace to take a look at her own life, including her relaonship with Jack (Wes Bentley), who owns the local lumber mill. Jack wants to support Grace’s endeavors to study and protect the surrounding woods but needs to focus on keeping his company profitable at the same me, and it is driving a wedge between them.

When Pete’s idyllic life with Elliot in the forest is in danger, Grace, along with the help of Jack’s 11-year-old daughter Natalie (Oona Laurence), sets out to uncover the truth about this dragon and determine where Pete came from…and where he belongs.

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is directed by David Lowery from a screenplay by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a., with Barrie M. Osborne serving as execuve producer.

Here’s a few things to know before you go:

Pete’s parents die fairly early in the movie. Or the film alludes to them dying. Some kids will get this, some won’t. Some kids will have questions and this sad feeling might overshadow the film for them.

Pete’s dragon, Elliot, can be a little scary for young kids. Overall he’s a friendly dragon but there are some adventurous and intense scenes.

There are people who want to hurt Elliot the dragon which can also be scary for kids.

My three year old sat through the whole movie and both my 7 and 10 year olds really enjoyed it, though my 7 year old was teary eyed during some parts and had some questions about Pete’s parents and some of the peril.

Overall the movie is fantastic. No language, no sexual innuendos. It’s clean, it’s funny, it’s got a happy ending.

It’s hands down the best family movie I’ve seen all summer!

Pete’s Dragon opens nationwide TODAY, August 12! Do you plan on taking your family to see it?


  1. I am SOOOO excited to see this movie. I am taking my 10/12 year old step kids. We are HUGE fans of the original so I was skeptical about the re-make but the trailers look fantastic. We are going tomorrow. I can’t wait!!!!


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