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Director Joe Wright tells the origin story of the boy who never grew up; Peter Pan. 12 year old Peter is whisked away from his orphanage to the strange world of Neverland, where he'll discover he's destined for greatness.

Levi Miller (Supergirl) stars as Peter, a much younger version of the character than we're used to seeing and unfortunately Miller is quite terrible in the role. Miller performs every line with the same wide eyed wonder whether he's supposed to be scared, happy or upset and I never bought him in the role. Luckily for him he's surrounded by a very talented cast, but unfortunately none of the performances really work.

Garrett Hedlund (Unbroken) plays James Hook before he became the infamous Captain Hook. The two are friends and whilst this could have been an interesting development within the film, there's never any sign within Hook that he's the same character we've loved from previous incarnations, he could have been anyone. Also, Hedlund's odd and over the top accent made the character insufferable. Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) is horribly miscast as Tiger Lily, the native tribes leader. When her casting was first announced it was rightfully met with some questions and I maintained that I would be fine with it if she was good in the role, but there's nothing here to suggest why Mara was needed for the role. And finally we have Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) as Blackbeard whom undoubtedly gives the best performance in the film other than when he's shouting which became annoying quite quickly. In his quieter moments, Jackman does do well in the role.

The film's biggest weakness is it's director; Joe Wright (Hanna, Anna Karenina). The tone is in constant flux and the film never knows what it wants to be. At times it's a bit too dark for kids and then mostly it's too fluffy for adults, I really can't see an age demographic that would love this film because it's trying to appeal to such a wide target audience. The one thing I will commend the film on are the action scenes which are directed very well! Ships soaring through the skies of Neverland and Victorian London were visually quite cool to watch, it's just everything in-between these scenes was a chore to sit through. Wright took the film in such an odd direction, and that's clear when we arrive in Neverland and all the Pirates are chanting "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Whilst this is an interesting concept to show how out of time this world is, it comes off as incredibly cheesy.

Throughout the film I was left questioning; why is this story being told? It really adds nothing to the Peter Pan mythos and instead just serves as a set up for the story most of us are interested in seeing. Blackbeard is mining for Pixie Dust and eradicating the Fairy race and Peter has to discover his destiny and stop Blackbeard, it's such a standard origin story that did not need a full film.

At the end of the day, Pan is a pointless origin story, a waste of a film and whilst it has some good action, it's a mess tonally, has no idea who it's catered for and ends up feeling like a set up for the story we actually want to see.

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