So, this is the “other” movie Thing 1 and I went to last weekend. I was giddy to go; I’d grown up with both Disney’s Peter Pan, the 1991 movie Hook and the 2003 Peter Pan. Plus, I like a good Hugh Jackman film (I’m not sure they could’ve cast anyone else as Wolverine).
The premise is simple: how did a boy named Peter become Peter Pan? I could tell you the answer, but that would be spoilerific.
*hint* It’s not as earth shattering as it could’ve been.
*side note* I’ve previously stated that while I enjoy CGI, I don’t enjoy a movie that is CGI driven as opposed to plot driven.
And away we go!!!!
Just typing that quote from the original movie made me sad because there was an extraordinary potential for greatness in this “prequel.” Newcomer Levi Miller, playing the main role, was the highlight of the cast. A boy with imagination and a taste for making his own adventure in the drab orphanage he was left at as a baby, Peter notices other boys go missing…as in the lost boys. I see what you did there!
Anyhoo, Peter gets whisked away by pesky pirates in a flying pirate ship (flying as in among the WWII aircraft and zeppelins). Of course he almost falls off and is dramatically pulled back over the side. *cue eyeroll*
Then the viewer gets to Neverland and meets both Blackbeard the Pirate (Jackman) and the mine-worker-who-has-an-odd-interest-in-Peter, James Hook (Garrett Hedlund). Hedlund’s poorly written role as Han Solo…I mean James Hook…was cringe worthy and predictable. Rooney Mara was Tiger Lily and I thought she was trying to achieve selfie worthy pictures in each shot. Here’s an example:
The lowdown: rated PG and has lots of sword fighting. Ooooh!!! The one really great part that both Thing 1 and I loved was the deaths of people (that would spoil it for you) and they poof into colored chalk. NOT that their deaths are good, but the imagination of the transformation. No gore. Then, thinking about pretty chalk deaths, it kinda just makes that part of the movie feel like a color run. No bueno.
Peter’s destiny is revealed and the movie is left open-ended for a sequel – one I hope will never happen with the same writer/director combo.