A Review By Kimberly Arzu
“Pan” is a live-action prequel to one of the most well-known stories in the history of Disney. The movie captures the whimsicality that made Peter Pan so popular and loved. Captain Hook is not a villain, but a very charismatic friend. There are moments that are so comically childish, one can't help but laugh. From Hook’s constant flirting with Tiger Lily, to Peter’s ridiculous antics, there are no dull moments in this retelling of a classic.
Levi Miller plays Peter, and does so flawlessly. He truly captures Peter Pan’s air of mischief and wonder. His performance outshines the rest of the cast spectacularly, except for maybe Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Blackbeard. Jackman plays the spectacularly cruel Blackbeard, using young boys as slaves in order to keep himself looking young. Garret Hedlund plays a young Hook, in love with Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). Hook is an unashamed flirt, desperate to leave Neverland and Tiger Lily is a fearless warrior.
The movie opens with Peter left by his mother in front of an orphanage. She leaves him with a letter and vanishes into the night, never to be seen again. Flash forward to Peter twelve years later, cunning and adventurous. There is a war going on, a fact that is only really touched upon when a bombing occurs, which Peter takes advantage of in order uncover a hoard of rations, as well as his own personal file. In his file, there was a letter from his mother, which claimed that they would meet again, either “in this world, or another.” Later on, when Peter goes to bed, some of his fellow orphans are pulled up through holes in the roof by clown-faced pirates. Peter is taken as well.
The pirates whisk him away to Neverland, where he is put to work in the mines, digging up pixen. Blackbeard uses the pixen in order to keep himself looking young. It doesn’t take long for Peter to discover that he has the ability to fly, much to Blackbeard’s dismay. Years ago, a prophecy had said that a boy who could fly would be the end of him. This sets in motion an exciting chain of events, beginning with Peter’s escape from the mines, with a new friend in tow.
Throughout the movie, Peter only has one thing on his mind: His mother. Was this the other world his mother had written about? And if so, was she still alive? Where was she? All of his questions are answered by the end of his journey.
Ultimately, this movie is one to watch if you're looking to recall what it was like to be a child yourself, excited and feeling as if nothing could keep you from your goals. This is a movie to watch for fun, with friends. If you’re looking for a light hearted, non-complicated movie- this one’s for you.
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