Pan is a fresh take on the beloved story by Sir J.M. Barrie that explores the origin of the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Starring Hugh Jackman as the dastardly Blackbeard and Levi Miller as Peter, this movie takes the story to new heights of imagination.
While the gore is nonexistent, Blackbeard has no qualms about killing whoever stands in his way. The fight scenes are fantastic and creative, with lots of narrow escapes and stomach-dropping plunges.
The humor is light and intelligent, often provided by Smee, the odd little mine supervisor-turned-escapee. We see a scene where Smee prepares to relieve himself and is caught by Blackbeard with his pants down, literally.
The movie is filled with emotion as Peter dreams of finding his mother who left him on the doorstep of an orphanage when he was an infant, and he treasures a note that promises that they would meet again, "either in this world or another". When Peter learns that his mother was killed by Blackbeard, he struggles with his identity and purpose. Tiger Lily, the Indian princess, helps him to see that his destiny is to defeat Blackbeard and make his mother proud.
This film is extremely family-friendly, with no profanity or graphic violence to speak of. This movie really digs into Peter's character and gives a certain depth to an already beloved character. I predict that a sequel is coming, but until then it's "second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning"!