Length: 111minsRating: PGRelease Date: 9 October 2015Tagline: "In the beginning... he was just a boy."
12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
This isn’t just another Peter Pan story. This is more like the prequel to the story we all know and love. We meet Peter as a baby, being dropped off on the doorstep of a boys’ home with nothing but a little pan pipe necklace. 12 years later when all the boys in the orphanage are suddenly captured by a flying pirate ship, they are taken away to work in the pixie-dust mines on Neverland, forced to work by Blackbeard the pirate. Peter manages to get himself thrown off the plank, but just before he hits the ground of the canyon, he flies.
Blackbeard tells him that there’s a prophecy which says the child of a fairy prince and a young woman will lead an uprising against Blackbeard. Oh, and that child can fly. Not wanting to stick around, Peter escapes with a man called … James Hook. And together with Smee (a clipboard carrying, short funny looking man who tells the minors what to do), they steal a flying ship, and crash it over the wall of the mines, and are almost instantly captured by the natives, where they are told they are waiting for the Pan, a warrior who can fly. The Chief’s daughter, Tiger Lily, has an impact on Hook, and there’s your love story…although it’s not really because it’s a children’s movie, but it’s there.
The story follows Peter as he discovers his mother might still be alive, and that he has to save the fairy kingdom, so Blackbeard can’t get all the pixie dust and become immortal. And, that’s about it.
This movie was better than I thought it was going to be, but not as good as I had hoped. I loved the idea of seeing how Peter Pan got to Neverland in the first place, and seeing Hook all young and good, and how all the Lost Boys really began. But there were some odd bits, like near the beginning there’s suddenly the singing of two songs that were definitely not around on Earth during the second world war (when Peter is taken to Neverland), let alone in a different world. So that was odd…and unnecessary.
My favourite thing about it was that Tiger Lily was actually an adult. In J.M. Barrie’s story, Tiger Lily is a young girl, but I liked how they made her older in Pan. More than that, I loved her clothes. Seriously, guys, I would wear that all the time. I love it.
So overall, it was a fun movie, a nice addition to Neverland. I’d watch it again probably, but not over and over.
What about you? Have you seen it?