Pete’s Dragon (2016)

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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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Jumanji (1995)

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Year: 1995
Director: Joe Johnston
Genre: Family
Date Watched: May 6th 2017
Category: #19 A film made before 2000

Okay, so yes, I’m super late to the party here since I was 5 when this movie was released. Honestly, lots of this movie doesn’t make sense from a logical standpoint but as a comedy it’s a great watch.

There’s a part of my mind that thinks I would have loved this as a kid, but even as an adult and 20+ years after it was released it actually does hold up pretty well.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last 20 years the basic plot of the movie is that a young boy finds a boardgame and starts playing it but it’s a boardgame that actually has an impact on the real world and the boy disappears. Years later the boardgame surfaces again and the boy returns as an adult. Then they have to finish the game and of course chaos ensues.

As a boardgame loving geek this is right up my alley (honestly, I can’t tell you why I haven’t seen it before now). But even if you’re not then you should give this a shot.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars