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Chaotic, anachronistic, and over-stuffed, "Neverland" is filled with great ideas but falls somewhere short of must-see entertainment. I'd still recommend it for its interesting take on Peter Pan, a prequel of sorts, but I doubt it's a program I'll be revisiting anytime soon. For the record, I absolutely loved the premise behind "Neverland." The construction of an alternate world (and how people arrive there) is quite ingenious and well done. I was captivated as the tale introduced its many characters and threw them together in this fanciful, and strangely ominous, land. Treacherous 18th century pirates, wayward English street urchins, noble American Indians all cohabitate with mystical forest sprites and dangerous crocodiles.Read more ›
In 1906, the fallen arisocrat James "Jimmy" Hook (Rhys Ifans) has collected a gang of young boys who steal things for him, lead by the impish Peter Pan (Charlie Rowe). But when Jimmy and the gang vanish, Peter must use a mysterious black orb to travel into a wholly alien world -- Neverland. In this world, there are silver faeries, a pirate ship, and a lost tribe of Indians.
The pirate captain Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel) quickly fascinates Jimmy, especially when she reveals that the fairies have magical dust that allows flight. Peter is horrified by his father figure's betrayal, especially when the pirates kill one of the boys. His only goal is to get back to London, and the only way he knows how is to seek out a hooded man who appears in his dreams with the black orb.
With the help of Aaya (aka Tiger Lily) (Q'orianka Kilcher), Peter ventures into a strange lost city, where he discovers the truth about Neverland. But when the pirates attack and capture the boys and Aaya, Peter must use his newfound powers to save them and defeat Captain Hook...
J.M. Barrie didn't really go into the background of Peter Pan in his original novel -- Peter Pan just sort of EXISTED, like a nature sprite or some forgotten deity.Read more ›
There are worse places to be in London than on the streets in a gang of urchins, and Peter (Charlie Rowe) enjoys playing the leader of a ragtag bunch of pickpockets and petty thieves. Working from the rooftops directing his boys with the use of a flute and reporting to their protector, Jimmy (Rhys Ifans), at night, he has a pretty decent life. There's just one hitch in it -- he wants to be taken seriously. Jimmy has been hired to pull of a major job in a jewelry store and at the last minute decides not to use the boys, but Peter isn't about to let that stop him. He breaks in and discovers more than he bargained for, since the man who hired Jimmy isn't after your usual market-fare wares; he wants an orb responsible for transporting a pirate ship into another world. None of them are aware of the danger and when Jimmy taps the orb, fascinated with the shimmering world in its depths, he and the rest of Peter's friends wind up in Neverland.
Once there, the boys land aboard the pirate ship and the younger children are turned over to Smee (Bob Hoskins) to clean the decks, while the infamous pirate vixen Elizabeth (Anna Friel) takes a shine to Jimmy -- so much so that she shares a few secrets with him, including her desire to bottle fairy dust and figure out how to use it. Meanwhile, back in London Peter finagles the secret of the orb out of the man who was going to buy it (Charles Dance) but his trip into Neverland throws him into the midst of an Indian tribe.Read more ›
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Interesting take on the Peter Pan story! Fabulous performances all around, great plot, and marvelous special effects. Well worth watching!Published 2 months ago by Deborah Cullins Smith
Was caught by surprise by how much I enjoyed this made for tv mini-series. Watched it all the way through at one sitting and the time flew by.Published 3 months ago by bacchae