As soon as I heard that Warner Bros. were creating a new film based on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan I was filled with excitement for this beloved bedtime story to be brought back to our screens. However, when I finally saw this eagerly awaited creation, I was filled with faith, trust… and disappointment. Peter Pan has always been one of my favourite stories, so naturally I had high expectations. I longed for those well-known and loved characters to be brought to life, using today’s technical advancements to produce a believable and magical movie; in a more realistic way than Disney’s original classic. (1953).
Ok, it wasn’t all terrible. First time actor; Levi Millar played the character of Peter Pan brilliantly. He was totally believable and about the only thing holding the film together.
My main issue with this film is one I have with many movies that are being produced at the moment. Filmmakers of today seem to have an obsession with using their entire budget on special effects, meaning that they apparently can’t afford to hire a half-decent writer. Jason Fuchs’ script was disjointed and empty, completely lacking of any soul or gusto. The entire film was incredibly far-fetched. There was simply no logic to the magic. Every shot was so edited and false that it just wasn’t at all convincing. Additionally, the constant ‘arty-shots’ and fast-paced action scenes meant that there were only a handful of calmer sequences where the storyline could actually unfold. Obviously I understand that it’s a kid’s film, and I love the likes of Narnia, Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. But this film was pure nonsense, and not in a ‘down the rabbit hole’ fun kind of way. For example, the pirates were introduced into the film by chanting to Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, when the film was set in the depths of World War Two. You’re as confused as I am to what on earth they were thinking. I was utterly underwhelmed.
Overall, Pan had plenty of potential. But the magic of J.M. Barrie’s story was completely lost in the exaggerated nature of the film. This time, Warner Bros. should have saved their creative efforts and left us with Disney’s original classic.