Peter Pan (Widescreen Edition)
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On the one hand there are the fantastic elements as Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) and the Darling children Wendy (Rachel Hurd-Wood), John (Harry Newell), and Michael (Freddie Popplewell) fly off to Never-Land. But this is a more realistic Never-Land than every before for all the wonderful computer generated images. More importantly, these are more realistic children than ever before. Peter Pan is the boy who will never grow up, but he is also on the cusp of puberty, as is Wendy. Into the Darling household comes Aunt Millicent (Lynn Redgrave), who insists that Wendy is not a girl anymore and while her father should start looking for marital prospects at the bank where he works, the more immediate goal is to move her out of the bedroom she shares with her brothers. When Peter Pan appears on the windowsill and requires his shadow to be sewn back onto this feet, Wendy not only does the sewing but accepts his offer to come to Never-Land because she too desperately wants to avoid growing up.
In this "Peter Pan" a kiss is more than just a thimble.Read more ›
All the characters you remember from your childhood are here: The ticking crocodile (computer-animated and scary), the fiesty Indian Princess, funny Pirate Smee, spunky Tinkerbelle, and even Nana, the dog-nanny. The film is photographed almost entirely in dark, moody lighting to heighten the feeling of magic and danger. Jason Isaacs hams it up just right as the dashing and outrageous Captain Hook and he is good as the timid clerk, Mr. Darling. Jeremy Sumpter looks just like Peter should look - beautiful, cocky, and fun-loving.
Definitely darker and more sinister than the old Disney version, this film has a lot to offer adults: It is visually stunning and reminds us about the innocence and fun of childhood. It's an interesting movie that will put a smile on your face and perhaps a few wistful tears in your eye.
But children's literature translated onto the big screen is always successful when it is done faithfully and respectfully, and that is precisely what Hogan and his team have done. For the first time ever (if you can believe it) a young boy plays the part of the Boy Who Never Grew Up: Jeremy Sumpter, complete with bare feet, pan pipes and captivating smile. Following in the pantomime tradition, Jason Issacs plays both George Darling and Captain Hook, meek and clumsy in one role, charismatic and brutal in the next. Ultimately a figure to be pitied, Hook is more aware of his dependence on Pan than he lets on, and the two are more similar than either would like to admit.
Olivia Williams plays the beautiful and graceful Mrs Darling, whilst Richard Briers makes a humorous Smee, often making side-comments directly to the audience. John, Michael and the Lost Boys are played by some wonderful child actors, in particular Slightly (Theodore Chester) who creates most of the laughs for the movie: "Okay boys, look lovable." Ludivine Sagnier takes on the rather difficult role of Tinkerbell.Read more ›
They're not dangerous, says you.
Fair warned is fair armed, says I.
Overall, "Peter Pan" is a delightful, beautiful presentation from Australian director PJ Hogan. After the Sturm und Drang of "Lord of the Rings" and hairball of "Cat in the Hat", this movie is very welcome. No Hollywood comedian under formulaic siege from terrorist five year olds, as in "Cheaper by the Dozen" - a clone of "Daddy Day Care".
Avast there! Don't set your course for movies like that, matey. See "Peter Pan"! Pay attention to the rating, but I believe its okay for your little mateys older than 6. After we saw it this morning, we saw it twice more today. That's how much we liked it.
The story most people know is from the Disney cartoon, or even better, the beloved, little fairy play written a hundred years ago by Sir JM Barrie. Few today have read the original novel. It reads like a bedtime story, told to us kindly, gently before we drift off to where dreams and Neverland are born. It's funny and scary, full of children's nonsense; and yet, it lets wistful adults wink at it, too. It is, also, a period piece of its time. The play and novel, chained in Edwardian slang, societal roles, and conventions, do not translate well today. Contemporary productions usually navigate these shoals and reefs to disaster.
The eponymous reference is, of course, to the mythological god and shepherd of the forests. By extension, he is a manifestation of the cross-cultural archetype of spring, the Green Man, who, dressed in leaves, comes from the forest to take his consort, a flower maiden, back with him. Peter Pan is also a victim of contemporary pop psychology -- enough said there, but football widows will understand.Read more ›
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Good family fun perhaps a little scary for under 5 years of agePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I'm a child trapped in an adult body and this movie is a lot of fun to see. Buy itPublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great, great rendition of the Peter Pan story. My 7 and 9 year old loved it and so did we!Published 10 days ago by Karen M.
This is my FAVORITE Peter Pan movie. It's absolutely perfect for adults and children. It depicts the Neverland that should be. It's fun, loving, innocent. I adore the actors. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Melissa K
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