ByMatthew Chapman, writer at
Male. Australian. Nerd. Twitter: shuey1984
Matthew Chapman

12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

I had a general interest in seeing this, it was a film that I could have waited to watch at home but I got a free ticket from work and I had no intention of letting it go to waste.

Throughout this film, I always found my attention drawn to anyone and anything but Peter (Levi Miller) and I didn’t think much of Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard either. Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara were definitely the standouts of the film and every scene that had one and/or the other always had my attention.

Garrett Hedlund as Hook.
Garrett Hedlund as Hook.

The special effects are awesome including some epic underwater scenes, the costumes were amazing, the sets too and the whole movie is insanely bright and colourful.

Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.
Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.

The film can be corny at some points and in some others they try too hard to point out who these characters will be in the future. There’s also a scene with Blackbeard, his crew and his slaves singing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana, which was a little off-putting.

At the end of the film, you don’t really leave with a sense of anything new. I would have preferred a movie focused on Peter’s parents or even a film that takes place after the events of this that show some of the friendship between Peter and Hook as well as the downfall.

I’ve seen this once; I don’t think I’ll ever see the need to watch it again. I'll just stick with the animated Disney film and even the 2003 live action film that are both a lot more entertaining than this is.

CHAPPY THINKS you should travel to the second star on the right and straight past this movie!


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