There wasn’t a dry eye in the movie theater, including grandpa and grandson (granddaughter is pre-teenager, so she would not admit to it through her sniffles).
Robert Redford plays an old wood carver whose daughter Grace is a forest ranger. The woodcarver loves to tell people the story about the dragon who lives in the nearby woods, but no one believes him.
Pete is a 10 year old whose parents died in a tragic accident. He lives in the woods with a dragon named Elliot. Eleven year old Natalie, her Dad Jack and Grace head into the woods to find out where Pete comes from and the truth about the dragon.
Pete’s Dragon is a sweet tale about magic, and those who believe in it. It’s not a tale for the jaded and the cynic…unless of course they take their grandkids to watch this latest Disney movie. If that happens, the movie pierces their cynicism chainmail and put a dent on their jaded helmet. This, like the three or four Disney productions I’ve seen recently seem to do a good job of restoring that faded place in an old man’s spirit where magic used to live.
Lord knows we need to reacquaint ourselves with magic and fantasy these days. Don’t be afraid to look foolish in front of the kids and grandkids. Take them to see Pete’s Dragon. Try to keep magic’s flame alive!