Peter Pan (2003)

Basic Summary – In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life–free of grown-up rules–while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates.

It has been a long time since I’ve watched this film, but I recently came across it again and decided to see if it holds up after almost 13 years. And it still does. In fact, I think it is a pretty mature story at parts.

I figured I would put this in bold here – THIS IS NOT A DISNEY FILM.

IT IS UNIVERSAL WHO MADE THIS ONE.

It is a different take on “the boy who never grows up” tale where we get a love story involved and more conflicts with characters. Preferably, this version is more drawn out and better in ways. Each characters appears to have a conflict in the story and most of them are pretty intricate. I don’t want to give too much away, but I think my favorite storyline would have to be Peter Pan himself because it is a heartbreaking one when you reflect back on it as an adult.

The actors portray their roles beautifully and they even got ethnicitics right!! (See Hollywood – this is how you do a film right instead of something like Pan). They all pretty much have moved on from this film and branched out in various ways, but it is nice to witness where they came from. Most of the effects were definitely ahead of its time. Some are a bit dated now, but still look beautiful because of framing.

If you haven’t seen this film yet, luckily it is on iTunes and “maybe” on Netflix. But it is worth a shot and it is pretty mature for those wondering “Why would I watch a kid’s movie”

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