Feb 282012

Director: P.J. Hogan

Rating: PG

Running Time: 1hr 52 min

Release Date: 12/25/2003

Genre: Fantasy, Literary

Cast: Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumptor), Wendy Darling  (Rachel Hurd-Wood), Captain Hook/Mr Darling (Jason Isaacs), Smee (Richard Briers), Tinkerbell (Ludivine Sagnier), Pirate Cookson (Bruce Spence)

Synopsis: P.J. Hogan directed this underated adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s novel/play Peter Pan. It is the well known story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up.  Peter convinces Wendy and her brothers to fly to Never Land where they encounter Peter’s band of lost boys.  They also fight Captain James Hook and his goofy band of pirates and are helped by fairies, Indians and mermaids.

Pro: It was nice to see a version of Peter Pan without big names and big budgets.  Some of the interesting changes and twists;

  • Traveling to Never Land appeared to take place though space as opposed to traveling on earth.
  • Jeremy Sumpter is great as Peter, and performed some very exciting sword fights.
  • Great imagining of Never Land scenery.
  • I liked the focus on the devilish almost evil nature of Tinkerbell

Con: Some of the special effects did not hold up over the few years since the movie was first out.  Even though Jeremy Sumpter was a good Peter, it was a bit weird seeing Peter played by a boy since traditionally Peter is played by a girl.

Conclusion:  This is a great retelling of the Peter Pan story, and I recommend it to anyone.  I’ve heard that part of the reason for it not being more popular is that it was buried by Lord of The Rings: Return of the King which was out at the same time.

Trivia: Bruce Spence, the Gyro Captain from The Road Warrior  plays on of Hook’s  pirates.  Also, Captain Hook is played by Jason Isaacs who played Draco Malfoy’s father, Lucius in the Harry Potter series.



Frank’s Ratings


Characters 4
Story 3
Special Effects 3
Would Watch Again? 2
Average 3

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