Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Movie review: Pete's Dragon

*Disclosure: I received admission to this movie to review it with my family. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

My family loves going to the movies and we recently had the chance to watch a new one that we really enjoyed- the 2016 version of Pete's Dragon! Here's a bit about the movie, from its website:

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children 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, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.
This movie is shown in 3D and it's visually incredibly stunning. The mountains and forests where the movie is set are just breathtaking. And the dragon itself is amazingly animated and blends seamlessly with the rest of the actors and set.

As with many Disney movies, there's a tragedy involving the parents at the beginning of the movie, and, as a mom, it was a bit heart wrenching to see little Pete alone in the wilderness. Fortunately, the dragon soon arrives on the screen and the adventure begins! We had fun watching the two play together and explore their world as Pete and his dragon spend years together in the forest. There are lots of emotional points in the movie as both Pete and Elliot (the dragon) try to figure out where they belong in the world.

My 9-year-old son is very sensitive and spent much of the movie crying, but there weren't any things that scared him and he was in no way upset by the movie after it was over. My 7-year-old daughter wasn't upset at all and thought the movie was fun.  As for my husband and I, we thought the movie was beautiful and a great message of friendship and support and acceptance of others.  We highly recommend this movie for all ages! But bring your tissues!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Coming soon- Monkey Business, the surprising story of Curious George's creators!

When you think Curious George, you probably just think of a silly little monkey and a man with a yellow hat who never seems to learn his lesson about leaving a silly monkey alone to cause trouble. My kids and I loved the books, shows and movies when they were little. They always made us laugh. But I had no idea the fascinating story behind the creators of Curious George, Hans and Margret Rey, who escaped the Nazis on bicycles- with the Curious George manuscript along for the ride! I'm anxious to learn more about their story, and hopefully will be able to see Monkey Business, the documentary about their lives, soon! This movie is being crowd funded on Kickstarter and, if you pledge money to the film, you can get exclusive merchandise! Visit this link for details.