In Pete’s Dragon Oakes Fegley plays a straggled-haired boy who has apparently been surviving in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest for six years. Pete is discovered by Grace, a ranger played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who cares for the young boy, and is perplexed by his tales of how his friend ‘Elliot’ took care of him. Grace connects his story with tales of a strange beast in the heart of the forest. Together, with her story-telling father Meacham (Robert Redford), they come to realise that Pete’s dragon is more than just another tall tale.
RATED: Pete’s Dragon is rated PG
AUDIENCE: Pete’s Dragon is great viewing for primary school kids. Might be a few scary scenes for very, very young ones, though.
WHAT’S GOOD: A return to Disney’s golden age film romps with lots of bumbling bad guys, solid, caring families and affirmations of trust in those who take care of you.
WHAT’S NOT: It can be a little slow in parts.
SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: A brilliant lesson about how to evaluate the bizarre information that someone might pass on (like there’s a God who cares for you and sent His son to die for you): is the person you’re listening to trustworthy in every other respect? Then why would they lie to you now?
RELEASE DATE: September 15 2016