Pete’s Dragon Movie Review
When I saw the first look at director David Lowrey’s rendition of the dragon Elliott, and saw it was a dark, furry forest green, I knew that I was in for a surprise. The furry dragon seemed to symbolize for me that 2016’s version of “Pete’s Dragon” would still be loveable and kind, but this movie had something new to bring to the table. After all, why make a re-make unless the film is going to be a new experience?
The original 1977 “Pete’s Dragon” was a quirky, kitschy musical that feels very 1970’s. The new “Pete’s Dragon” however, is an epic-adventure that has more cinematic qualities to it. One of my favorite things about the movie was that it took place in the 1970’s, yet without the kitsch. Rather, it had that “it was a more quaint, simpler time” type of feel. The setting is absolutely gorgeous, and with all the lush trees and forest where Pete and Elliott lived made me feel nostalgic for my old home in the Pacific Northwest.
Bryce Dallas Howard fit her role as pseudo-mom to Pete, being a perfect combination of warm, calm, and adventurous. The animation of Elliott was stunning, the fur incredibly realistic and his eyes contained worlds of emotion; a great exhibition of the level of talent at Walt Disney Studios. Robert Redford was of course the perfect narrator, helping roun- out the cast and helped fill the story with lots of wonder and optimism.
Overall, the movie was an epic childhood fairy tale adventure, that felt reminiscent of the great child-centered movies of the 1980’s and 1990’s (i.e. Hook, E.T., The Pagemaster). If you loved the original, or are a child of the ’80’s or ’90’s, I think you will instantly love this film. I think children will love the movie as well, but would recommend for ages seven or older.
Photo Credits: Disney
Pete’s Green Dragon Smoothie Recipe
And since Disney and food are my two biggest passions, I immediately thought of a recipe to pair with “Pete’s Dragon”: Pete’s Green Dragon Smoothie! I love a good green smoothie; full of nutrients, fruits and veggies, and with a light, crisp taste. A green smoothie feels perfectly light and cooling for summer.
- 1/2 cup raw spinach
- 1/2 cup of kale (torn into very small pieces)
- 1 cup of ripe mango
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 cup of ice
- Optional: Blackberries to top
To get your smoothie blended perfectly, I always recommend putting in your liquid first, then your solid ingredients, and your ice last. Place your ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into a cup to serve, and top with blackberries if you like for some added fruit, and to add some “polka dots” as a nod to the 1977 Elliott the dragon!
About the Film
“Pete’s Dragon” stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, and Oakes Fegley. “Pete’s Dragon” comes to theaters August 12th, and tickets are available here. You can catch the latest trailer for the film below: