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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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Magical, charming and entertaining.

  • Mar 26, 2009
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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, sophisticated, obsessive and downright bad Captain Hook. Rachel Hurd-Wood is excellent as Wendy, sharing with us her fears, desires and fantasies as she faces the choices that go hand in hand with growing up. The acting of the rest of the cast, especially the children's, is impressive, and the chemistry between them and the adults shines through on the screen.
James Newton Howard's score is simply magical and seamlessly woven into the story and the film's stunning and splendid visuals.
Even the special features are great, as they are presented in well-organized, short, little capsules that make them enjoyable and easy to watch even for children.
This is the first live-action adaptation of J. M. Barrie's classic, and is such an excellent one that it should remain so for a very long time. It masterfully combines adventure, romance, action and drama with fantastic characters, making it a must-see for both kids and adults. You won't be disappointed.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar

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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 . 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 . October 05, 2004
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 …
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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I've been a freelance artist, graphic designer, editor, and translator for over 15 years, and I love and greatly enjoy my job. Although my biggest passion is art and languages, I am interested in … more
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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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