10/15/2015

SILVERSCREEN - Pan

Pan

Cast:
Levi Miller as Peter
Garret Hedlund as James Hook
Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily
Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard
Amanda Seyfried as Mary

Pan is an adaptation prequel of J.M. Barrie's beloved classic about the boy who never grew up. It tells of how Peter came to Neverland and how he learned how to fly.

An orphaned Peter was kidnapped by pirates in a flying ship and brought in the mines of Blackbeard along with other kidnapped boys. Peter then learns about his past and must learn how to fly to save Neverland from the cruel hands of Blackbeard.

Here is what I thought of the movie:

The movie panned out really well at first (see what I did there? LOL). The story of Peter as an orphan who longs for his mother is quite similar to other orphan stories (Think Annie). A cruel headmistress who torments children and a free willed orphan who tries to break free. A cliche yes, but it did explained well Peter's childhood.

The story was also quite different from the classic version. Here, Peter is part fairy and part human. Ans he learns and fulfills his destiny of saving Neverland from the tyrant Blackbeard.

Ok. Blackbeard. There has been many portrayals of the famed pirate most recently, Ian McShane in Pirates of The Carribeann 3. Hugh Jackman as always delivers. It's Hugh Jackman. You can't expect less. Though the funny thing about this version is how Blackbeard needs pixie dust to be young. Yet, there were no signs or indications of him being vain. And what's with the Nirvana song?? It's funny at first but Smells Like Teen Spirit? I've never imagined it as a pirate's chant. It's funny but I don't think it works.

Rooney Mara looks like Emily Blunt. She was a fun Tiger Lily a pretty bad ass Tiger Lily.

James Hook was played by Garret Hedlund who I haven't heard of since he played Achilles' cousin in Troy (Which was like a decade ago). I don't know what is with his weird accent or is he trying to make a young version of Disney's Hook.

Newcomer Levi Miller plays Peter. The mischievous young boy who finds Neverland. He's got that mischievous look which is perfect for Peter. Though he seems quite young as compared to Jeremy Sumpter who played Peter Pan in the last live action movie. Probably because Peter stills grows into adolesence. But then again, Peter Pan does not want to grow up right?

Also, another thing that puzzles me is why Peter and Hook are still friends at the end of the movie. I thought the rivalry will be explained or why Hook's hand is a hook. Is there a sequel to this prequel?

Though this movie raises too many questions, it was quite fun to watch. A refreshing version if I may add. The Disney version has been to much commercialized, a breath of fresh air is much needed.

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