Title: Peter Pan (2003)
Duration: 113 min | 107 min (theatrical version)
Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave
IMDB Rating : 6/10
Produced with imagination and creativity, PJ Hogan’s film of the classic JM Barrie tale is perhaps the most engaging and meaningful version we’ve seen yet. It not only vividly captures the wonder and fantasy, but it also mines the story for thematic riches.In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life–free of grown-up rules–while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates.Aimed squarely at the child within, the film reaches inside us, grabs hold and never lets go (Spielberg tried–and failed–to do this with Hook). Along the way, the clever script combines humour that’s both sophisticated and silly with drama and adventure that’s surprisingly strong and emotional. The production design is remarkable as well, hilariously capturing the extremes of Victoriana and the outlandish otherworldliness of Neverland without trying to be realistic or gritty.