Pete’s Dragon (2016)

Title: Pete’s Dragon au_movie_poster_petesdragon_3f223dac
Year: 2016
Director: David Lowery
Genre: Family
Date Watched: June 10th 2017
Category: #39 A movie about animals

I have no idea if I ever saw the animated version of this as a kid but it sounds like just the type of thing I would’ve loved. Either way, I don’t remember seeing it so there will be no comparison of the two here.

I really loved this movie in part because the dragon is really just a giant green dog which is so adorable. I find it kind of hard to believe that a kid could get lost for so long and survive so long with just a dragon for help but at the same time, it’s kind of believable too.

In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about because you’ve never heard anything about this movie. The premise is that a young boy (Pete) is in a car crash in which his parents die and he runs off into the forest  where he comes across a giant green dragon who he befriends and helps him survive. It’s several years later that he is found by adults who obviously want him to join a regular family and go to school like a normal kid. I won’t give away anymore than that.

As much as I loved this movie I’m not sure I would’ve loved it when I was a kid. It was a little slow to get started and a bit more serious than most kids movies you will see. So just keep that in mind if you’re sitting down to watch it with kids. It’s a little dark and probably aimed at kids a little older than the original would’ve been.

Rating: 4/5 stars.

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The Good Dinosaur – 2015

Title: The Good Dinosaurmovie_poster_thegooddinosaur_136d87d0
Year: 2015
Director: Peter Sohn
Genre: Family
Date Watched: January 14, 2017
Category: Animated movie for children

I’ve been pretty excited about this since I heard about it at least a year ago and now, lucky for me, it’s on Netflix.

Let me start by saying I really did love this movie and it was very cute and touching. Perhaps I didn’t cry quite as much as I did watching Inside Out but there were a few tears.

However, if you’re someone who gets annoyed by total inaccuracies even in kids movies, this might not be the one for you. Right from the start I was a little annoyed at just how ridiculous the basic plot was. A bunch of dinosaurs who have a farm where they grow corn and tend prehistoric chickens. Okay sure.

Arlo is the child of these farming dinosaurs but he’s much smaller than his brother and sister and terrified of everything. At least until he gets washed away by a stream while fighting with the little neanderthal boy who keeps stealing their corn.

The rest of the film is all about Arlo’s journey home and burgeoning friendship with the little neanderthal boy he calls Spot. Who oddly enough acts very much like a little dog.

I would say the film is a little on the scary side for younger children so maybe watch through first and decide for yourselves. It’s also a little bit too formulaic for my liking, particularly when there have been so many great Disney/Pixar movies in recent years with fantastic fresh storylines. It’s yet another Disney movie where a child’s parent dies, another film about the main character revising an initial assessment of a character.

While I did like the movie I actually expected more from it than what I got. Don’t get me wrong there’s some great moments in it and it’s definitely worth a watch but I think it got a lot more hype than it deserved and didn’t offer a particularly new or fresh experience.

Rating: 3.5/5