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Peter Pan

Australian director P.J. Hogan's film based on J.M. Barrie's classic story.

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Great Visuals, Good Acting, Fun Story

  • Oct 5, 2004
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This first thing that I realized about this movie was that had I been a child when I watched it, I would have thought it to be one of the greatest movies ever. However, I'm a few years removed from being a child and I found this movie to be average entertainment for adults. I'll give it four stars for the fact that if I were ten, I'd give it five stars, but I'm almost thirty, and that part of me says to give it three stars.

The visuals in this film are beautiful. I've seen few imaginary worlds depicted on film as magical as Neverland. It is breathtaking at times. The clouds, the pirate ship, and even the crocodile turn this movie into one big children's dream. The costumes were nice as well. The special effects were iffy at times, but for a youngster, they were perfect. The swordplay in the film hearkened back to the days of Errol Flynn's "Robin Hood."

The acting, lead by the grand performances of Jason Isaacs(Capt. Hook/Mr. Darling) and Rachel Hurd-Wood(Wendy), was above average. As Hook, Isaacs was downright evil to not only the Lost Boys and the Darlings, but to his own crew as well. Hurd-Wood had everything going for her as the strong-minded and adventurous Wendy. Jeremy Sumpter had the look of young Peter Pan, but his acting was a little wooden at times. Lynn Redgrave gave a solid performance in the small role of Aunt Millicent, and Olivia Williams was good as Mrs. Darling. Perhaps the most standout performance of them all was the lovely Ludivine Sagnier. As Tinkerbell, she obviously had the most playful part in the movie. Her face was like rubber, full of twisted and funny faces. Her jealousy of Wendy was played out almost to a cruel level, making her one of the hardest characters to pull for, but she loved Peter so dearly that you really wanted to cheer her on. The rest of the cast did a superb job.

As you probably know, Peter Pan is the boy who wants to stay young forever. Hook is his arch-enemy who has a croc on his tail. It loved the taste of his hand so much, that it wants to sample the rest of his body as well. The lost boys just want a mother with none of the attachments. In other words, they just want someone to love them when they are hurt or scared, and tell them a good story once in awhile. Wendy wants adventure, but also the security of home.

In closing, if you have young children(ages 5-13), they'll probably enjoy this movie for its swashbuckling adventure and wonderful story. Older kids will most likely avoid this one. Adults will find it nice to think back to the days when they were a kid and wished that they too, could be young forever.

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review by . April 13, 2011
Pros: adventure, wonder, magic, pirates, mermaids, first love and epic battle... what more could you want?     Cons: we awaken from the dream to find ourselves far from Neverland     The Bottom Line: An instant family favorite     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The Darlings lived a quiet life tucked away in Edwardian era London. Mr. Darling worked at a bank, struggling with his social awkwardness …
Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
Marvelous live-action depiction of this much beloved tale, an instant favorite
review by . March 26, 2009
This movie is, without a doubt, the best cinematic adaptation and closest rendition of J. M. Barrie's timeless, ageless fantasy tale about the boy who wouldn't grow up. It's simply perfect from beginning to end. It stays true to the book, but also incorporates a few fresh ideas, that take nothing away from the original story.    The actors are superb. Jeremy Sumpter is wonderful as the carefree, adventurous, cocky, yet innocent, Peter Pan, and Jason Issacs perfectly portrays the elegant, …
review by . December 09, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Generally the acting and the darker side makes the story almost new      Cons: Wendy Wendy Wendy      The Bottom Line: It's easy to screw up a children's story so well known. But if you explore the story from a different angle, it can become new--like this version.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.      Peter Pan has long since become a legend. Neverland …
review by . April 09, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
I have seen several versions of the Pan story (notably Disney's and Mary Martin's) and while this story are great special effects and fairly good directing, this movie lacked the fun of those other versions. Also, the heavy British accents made it difficult to understand what the actors were saying at times. It was interesting to finally see a "real" boy play Pan and I guess the movie is a "coming of age" of sorts for him. However, doesn't coming of age mean the end of childhood and everything that …
review by . January 02, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Beautifully detailed, great actors, classic story     Cons: None, really     The Bottom Line: This is an excellent family movie of a classic, well-loved story.
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Everyone knows Peter Pan as the boy who will never grow up. Writer/director P.J. Hogan's (MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING) new live-action interpretation of the classic J.M. Barrie tale is surprisingly sentimental, imbuing Peter--played by the charming Jeremy Sumpter--with a sense of longing and a desire to be loved. The object of his affection is Wendy Darling (Rachel Hurd-Wood), a pre-teen in Edwardian London with a penchant for telling dazzling tales to her younger brothers. When Mr. Darling (Jason Isaacs, who doubles as a daunting Captain Hook) decides that Wendy should live with her Aunt Millicent (Lynn Redgrave) in order to become a proper lady, Peter takes the Darling children to Neverland, where all of the characters in Wendy's stories actually exist. The trio embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, flying through the skies, encountering nasty mermaids, and enduring Tinker Bell's (Ludivine Sagnier) hijinx. Along with the Lost Boys, the Darling children take on Captain Hook, Peter Pan's arch nemesis, and...
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Director: P.J. Hogan
Release Date: December 25, 2003
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
Runtime: 1hr 54min
Studio: Revolution Studios, Universal Studios, Columbia Pictures
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