“ Genre: Children's DVDs / Theatrical Release: 2003 / Parental Guidance / Director: P.J. Hogan / Actors: Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lynn Redgrave, Richard Briers ... / DVD released 2004-04-26 at Universal Pictures UK / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, PAL „
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Peter Pan is a film I find myself watching every time it is on the television. Wendy is told by her father that it is time she grew up, that very same night, the Darling children had a strange visitor to their room in the shape of Peter Pan. Peter has come to get his shadow back and whilst there, persuades the three children, Wendy, John and Michael, to go with him to Neverland.
When they get to Neverland, the three newcomers quickly learn about the way of Neverland, they meet the Lost Boys, encounter pirates, Indians and Wendy meets some mermaids. Not long after they arrive the three soon see the massive feud between Peter Pan and his nemesis Hook. Tinkerbell, the magical fairy, is jealous between the bond happening between Wendy and Peter so gets the lost boys to shoot her down. Peter goes mad at Tink, feeling deflated she goes to Hook to try and get revenge.
Of course, this film is full of child actors, you could hardly expect outstanding acting from all of them and I think overall, they did quite a good job. The actress that plays Wendy is quite annoying, she seems to use her facial features too much and I feel like I'm focussing more on that than I am the character when I'm watching it. Apart from that, I think all of the other child actors did a good job, it couldn't have been easy for them. Jeremy Sumpter plays Peter Pan and does a brilliant job, he is believable and plays the slightly up himself Peter Pan effortlessly. The relationship between Peter and Wendy gets more intense as the film goes on and although Rachel Hurd-Wood, the actress who plays Wendy, is quite annoying when on screen, she does make the relationship believable and does do a good job of this.
I think everyone knows the story of Peter Pan and I think this is a good adaptation. When the film is set in London, London really looks perfect for the Victorian era and has a nice feeling to it and Neverland has a magical, mysterious feeling. The whole thing is visually, quite dramatic and it does a good job of keeping you intrigued right to the end. I watched it recently with my four year old daughter but it wasn't as engaging for her as it was for me, I think it maybe more suited to older children rather than the younger ones, especially with a running time of around 113 minutes but it keeps me watching all the way through.
I definitely think this is one of the best adaptations of Peter Pan and would recommend it without a doubt. I think I will carry on watching this whenever it pops up on TV but only if my daughter isn't around as it isn't really suited to younger children.
After having an extremely stressful and frustrating day I decided to cheer myself up a bit by revisiting my youth, so I chose to watch the remake of one of the greatest stories of all time as I haven't seen it in at least 4 years.
Peter Pan is the story of a boy who wishes to never delve into the world of Adulthood, though very happy staying an adolescent and residing in Neverland, Peter realises his perfect life is in need of a mothering figure to tell stories to his "Lost Boys" and keep him company as the father figure of the story.
One night Peter flies to London and discovers Wendy asleep in her Bedroom, while trying to get a closer look Wendy awakens and is startled by Peter's floating figure, Peter's shadow escapes him and get's trapped inside a draw, forcing Peter to flee and return another night.
On the night that Peter returns we see Wendy's parents and Aunt pressuring her into the thought of becoming a woman and learning the right way to act before marriage, telling her to consider spending less time with her brothers and much more time with her aunt, two things Wendy certainly doesn't want to do.
That night Wendy awakens to the sound of Peter attempting to reconnect his shadow to his feet, this time instead of being startled Wendy offers to help Peter and sows his shadow back on for his, Peter then asks Wendy to fly to Neverland with him as he has heard the stories she tells to her brothers and wishes for her to repeat them to his Lost Boys, after some consideration Wendy agrees on the basis that her brothers John and Michael accompany them and so after teaching them to fly with the help of Tinkerbell's fairy dust, the four children fly away to Neverland to encounter the villain that is Captain Hook, Mermaid, Princess Tigerlily and the joy that is never growing up.
Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan
Rachel Hurd-Wood as Wendy Darling
Ludivine Sagnier as Tinker Bell
Jason Isaacs as Mr. George Darling/Captain Hook
Lynn Redgrave as Aunt Millicent
Olivia Williams as Mrs Mary Darling
Harry Newell as John Darling
Freddie Popplewell as Michael Darling
Carsen Gray as Tiger Lily
25th December 2003
Honestly, seeing as I've probably seen this film at least six times, I have to admit it's pretty well-made, it keeps you interested and it a brilliant adaptation of a classic story, my only flaw would we, although probably the only available at the time is that the special effects slightly take away the magic, particularly when they are flying and jumping on the clouds, apart from this though, this film is great, the costume and makeup bring all the characters to life and give you a chance to revisit the feel of being a child no matter how old you are!
Recently while babysitting for two young girls, one being seven and the other one four, it was raining outside and I needed to find something they could do to keep them busy. They'd already been drawing that day and w e'd been playing games all morning so now Ew decided to put on some telly. I was worried there wouldn't't be anything on that was capable of holding their attention for longer than five minutes. They have very short attention spans. but luckily I saw that peter pan was on sky movies and i knew already that they liked the story.
Jason isaacs is the biggest star in this, he plays captain hook. (And a few others such as wendy's father)You may know him from the harry potter films in which he plays lucius malfoy, draco malfoys dad. he plays the baddy really well in both films. I think he does a great job as hook, and i could tell by the kids' faces they were scared of him!
The film is full of action and something exciting happens every couple of minutes. There is a big sword fight on the ship towards the end of the film which is between hook and peter pan. The kids eyes were huge at this point as they were scared abiyt the fate of their beloved favourite character pan. They also lived tinkerbell. I dont know who played hr but I thought she was quite good. The only star I recognised wad jasin isaacs. Most of the other characters were children.
Although I wouldn't personally chose to watch this again on my own, I'm sure the kids would and as it kept them quiet I would put it on for them again and sit with them. It kept them quiet and they seemed to really enjoy it. They kept talking about it after qe had watched it, reminding me of things that had happened in it. The film was released in 2003 so it is still quite new. It is 113 mins long so if you have kids that is just under two hours peace. I would recomnend this for kids.
I must be missing something here. I mean, Peter Pan is an age old tale that's just about as famous as they come. The drawback with this is that is seems to have been done to death in terms of adaptation and trying to get it onto the screen. With the impending Neverland film due to come out and give us the tale of how it all started (you know, before the events of J M Barrie's book) on our minds, this seemed to leap out at us on the shelf the other day when we were choosing films to watch as a family.
I'm a big fan of Hook. I guess it was the first Peter Pan based film I ever saw, or at least remember seeing, and so it holds a special place. It also deviates a bit from the original story, whereas what this does is stay quite true to it. But what this meant is that there were no surprises, and I suppose that knowing the ultimate ending and pretty much the plot building up to it means that I found it hard to actually maintain interest through the film. Jeremy Sumpter plays Pan, the tousled curly blonde haired flying from Neverland who appears at the window of the Darling children one night, looking for his shadow. Helped by Wendy Darling, he promises to take her and her two brothers back with him.
This then becomes a huge adventure, as they visit Neverland, fall foul of the dastardly Captain Hook, Neverland pirate, his merry crew, and rally with Pan's lost boys to battle Hook and co to live peacefully in Neverland - will they do it? I suppose if you've never seen anything Pan related then the actual tale itself is entertaining, but it's been so blatted around from film to film, TV series to TV series that having seen it before I just wasn't fussed. As the title role, Sumpter was okay, but I've got to say that his boyish looks made me think he was a girl at first (sorry!), and from then on I just couldn't find him very dashing and heroic. The children supporting in their various roles are decent enough, but if you were to line up all the Lost Boys from all of the Peter Pan films, I still wouldn't be able to tell you which was which Tootles or any of the other ones, this film included - they just faded into the mix of all others I've seen before. The Darling kids were dressed how Barrie had written them, which I suppose played into the original tale very well, as did the pirates on the ship, right up to the First Mate, Smee (an average Richard Briers).
Jason Isaacs is a convincing actor, who always has supreme screen presence. This is another film where he is able to show off his skills, and plays a dual role. His turn as Hook is very good indeed, sufficiently dashing and reminiscent of the cartoon Disney classic. However, as Mr Darling, I was disappointed with how he was, and felt that the way they tried to show the character as a nervous man unsure of how to deal with children was a little out of place, whether or not it was like this in the book. I felt Isaacs as a dual role was a curious decision, and it confused me.
There's also a very dark and broody nature to a lot of the film, and while this does bring out the fact that the evil Hook has control over Neverland, it does darken the mood and the also make it rather hard to see a few of the scenes. Moments of brighter scenes are somewhat spoiled by things such as rather fake looking clouds as the Darling children's flying dust runs out, although some of the flying from Sumpter as Pan was very well done. The crocodile who caused Hook to lose his hand and earn his name is bigger and more frightening than other versions I have seen. I suppose this should be a positive note, although it was a bit out of place with some of the other elements of the film.
Needless to say, I just didn't enjoy this. I imagine the upcoming Neverland will hold some sort of enjoyment for me as it'll have fresher material, and were I to take Peter Pan on its merit without any previous experience of the tale, I may have enjoyed it a bit more. However, there just wasn't the high level of entertainment I had expected from it, and it was like watching Groundhog Day with the same familiar tale being told in a slightly darker fashion than I am used to. Overall, not one I can recommend if you have had experiences of the tale already, and you may enjoy it more if you haven't the experience, as it's not a disastrous film, just failed to entertain me.
The Darlings lived a quiet life tucked away in Edwardian era London. Mr. Darling worked at a bank, struggling with his social awkwardness to achieve a better financial footing for his growing family. Mrs. Darling ran the house and, with the help of faithful dog Nana, oversaw all the needs of their three children; Wendy, John and Michael.
Wendy leads her brothers through all sorts of thrilling adventures with her skill as a storyteller. Until the night Aunt Millicent discovers Wendy's hidden kiss, and it is decided that she is too old to continue living in the nursery. Dire news!
Clever Wendy's tales have attracted an audience though. Brat prince of Neverland, Peter Pan and his faithful fairy companion, Tinkerbelle, have invaded the nursery in search of Peter's lost shadow. Wendy, Michael and John don't have to grow up. Wendy can keep her hidden kiss. They can escape through the nursery window, out beyond the second star to the right and straight into Neverland with just a few happy thoughts and some pixie dust.
"Who be you to order me about and call me girlie?" Wendy
As a child, I would have happily moved to Neverland, joining Peter and his gang for adventures. I was always fond of the original story and the Disney rendition of Barrie's tale, despite the distressingly prim depiction of Wendy. This live action 2003 version left me breathless and starry-eyed with delight. The casting was perfection. Both Rachael Hurd-Wood as Wendy, and Jeremy Sumpter as Peter breathe a powerful and innocent new life into the roles.
This is Wendy as I played her in the wild strips of woodland hidden in the corners of every urban area; a bold, clever, adventurous, nurturing swashbuckler, and a compassionate storyteller extraordinaire. It's no surprise that wild loner, Peter, is mesmerized, and cannot help stealing her away. Peter himself is the perfect mix between impudent, foolishly daring, and inspiring hero; the original brat prince. Like a fledgling greenman, he is the perfect consort for this bold and compassionate maiden goddess.
Jason Isaacs plays dual roles as Mr. Darling and the doomed Captain Hook to perfection. He conveys the social nervousness and utter familial devotion of Mr. Darling with as much clarity as he conveys Hook's ruthless, dark and despairing nature. as Tink also gives a new lushness and welcome attitude adjustment to this key character. Here is a tiny warrior whose strength belies her size. Stuffed so full of magic, it sheds off of her in emotional bursts of pixie dust. Tink throws herself whole-heartedly into everything she does. As she is only big enough to have one emotion at a time, she embraces it and lives it fully before making way for a new one.
Writer/director P.J. Hogan has delivered an exemplary family film that will delight audiences of all ages. The excellent cast, beautifully imaginative settings and attention to details works together to bring a magical life to Barrie's much beloved story. CGI moments are seamless and strikingly beautiful, like the flight of the Darling children through London and on to Neverland. It felt like they had stepped right into a living starry night inspired by Van Gogh. We discover with Wendy that "never" is a very long time for anything, especially anything as important as growing up. As well as the one secret every woman with a hidden kiss knows... such a powerful bit of feminine magic will always belong to Peter Pan, a willing gift for passage home from Neverland.
I guess many of us here know the classic story of Peter Pan. There have been many versions made over the years -- from books and comics to cartoons and movies. I love the Disney versions, both the cartoons and the one entitled "Hook" that starred Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. But I also like the most recent (if you can call 2003 recent) offering simply entitled "Peter Pan."
What to Expect
This movie has more elements that may not be appreciated yet by very young children. There are dark scenes like the pale, unsmiling and hissing mermaids (who are very unlike the cutesy and pretty ones depicted in other Peter Pan tales) and the humongous, malevolent-looking crocodile (which is so far from the funny, smiling crocodile in the Disney cartoon version).
Another thing that sets this movie apart from the other versions is the realistic acknowledgment of a natural phenomenon in the world of teenagers -- the obvious and expected fascination between Peter and Wendy. After all, they are in the threshold of adulthood so it's not unusual for them to feel attracted to each other. In this regard, I believe that this version was able to make the story more believable in terms of human nature.
About the Characters
I like the actors who played the major characters:
* Jeremy Sumpter was a believable Peter Pan because he has these mischievous expressions that perfectly illustrated how a carefree boy must have always looked like.
* Rachel Hurd-Wood was also great as Wendy because she was able to capture the right mix of innocence and female demureness. She was also an effective storyteller.
* Jason Isaacs, in a dual role, was convincing both as Captain Hook and as Mr. Darling.
* Olivia Williams (Bruce Willis' wife in The Sixth Sense) portrayed a gentle and loving mother flawlessly.
Neverland was depicted well as the fantasy land it was supposed to be. The Lost Boys' costumes were ragged as anticipated. The pirates were also as rowdy as they could be. Tinkerbell here was more realistic (thanks to the fascinating fairy dust) than Julia Robert's version in Hook.
Most of the special effects are good although not really exceptional as the flying fight scene between Hook and Peter could be made smoother, in my opinion. But I like the part when Peter whistled and out came thousands of tiny fairies who lifted up the ship so it can fly.
I enjoyed how the story ended. Several scenes always make me cry every time I get to watch this movie. I would bet other moms out there who have seen this film felt their heartstrings tugged as well.
Overall, I'd recommend this movie as something that can be watched by the whole family but with parental guidance if you have kids 10 years old and below.
Trivia: At the end credits, viewers will find out that the movie was produced by Mohammad Al Fayed in memory of Dodi, Princess Diana's boyfriend who died in the car crash with her. It was touching to see that bit as it showed a glimpse of a father who must have been devastated at the loss of his son.
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For my English degree course one of the texts I have study is J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Having read the book it is suggested that we try and watch as many film derivatives of the novel as we have time to do, as in this way we can be aware of how that novel has infiltrated popular culture. The film derivative I chose to watch first was the 2003 Peter Pan, which was directed by P.J. Hogan.
The film begins as you would expect it to with the mischievous Peter Pan visiting the Darling family children through their nursery window at night. Wendy the eldest child and only daughter has mesmerised her brothers for years with tales of swashbuckling adventures on a far-away land and the dastardly deals of the fearful Captain Hook. Little does she realise however that Peter's visit to the nursery will bring the stories she has told for years to life and that she and her brothers will become the heroes of a whole new and exciting adventure.
Peter's visit is initially brought on by his need to find his wayward shadow after it has escaped him and it is whilst he is trying to attach his shadow to himself that Wendy awakens from her sleep. After enquiring why Peter is crying only to be shot back by his bravado attitude Wendy helps him re-attach his shadow and has soon been propositioned with a magical visit to Never-Land. Refusing to leave without her brothers Peter relents and along with Tinkerbell, the eternally jealous fairy, Wendy and her brothers John and Michael are led across the Victorian rooftops and off into the night.
As morning breaks the Darling children find that the island that they have dreamed about for as long as they can remember is right in front of them and that the dark secret that it has always harboured, Captain Hook, is also there. With a horrific vengeance of Peter Pan, Hook is determined to once and for all remove him. The Lost Boys however, who the children soon meet, have other ideas and within no time the Darling children find themselves being pulled further and further into a lifestyle free of grown-ups and full of exhilarating adventures.
I must admit that I didn't have exceptionally high hopes for this film, as I often find that takes on popular books are never quite as good as you imagine them to be and so when my entire family sat down to watch this film I was half expecting to see some extremely bored faces by the half way point. I am pleased to say however that I was pleasantly surprised as was my dad who after watching the film had the pleasure of telling me that it was the best film he'd seen in ages (maybe that was just an attack on my normal film choice or maybe he did genuinely enjoy it). Whatever the reason the film did keep us all entertained throughout its duration and for me that is definitely a bonus, as rarely does all of my family stay in the room for a films entire duration.
I think what made the film so good in my eyes was the fact that it stuck very well to the story contained within the book. This impressed me because usually film makers like taking the basic outline of such a popular story and then running with it to see what else they can create. Hogan didn't do this and therefore the film from my point of view was much better. Some sections of speech within the novel can directly be found within the film and again for someone studying the novel as well this was particularly useful as it made the film seem more authentic.
The acting on the whole was also exceptionally good. Jeremy Sumpter as Peter Pan really does put in a tremendous performance as the cocky and over-confident yet someone charming Peter Pan and Rachel Hurd-Wood certainly contrasts him with a much more calm and collected performance that seemed to suit her character down to the ground. Other notable performances come from Jason Isaacs who not only plays Captain Hook but also Mr Darling. I thought the notion of doing this was very clever as it added another dimension to the film and made you think about why the dastardly character of the children's dreams would appear as their father - could it be because it is ultimately his fault that the children fly from the nursery.
The final thing I want to say about this film is about the overall look and feel of it. Throughout its entirety the film seems magical and dreamlike and it is this quality that somehow allows the audience to float along with the story being told. The tremendous graphics that surround Tinkerbell also aid this feeling and the somewhat natural look of the flight scenes also makes the surroundings and context seem all the more believable.
All in all I have to say that this version of Peter Pan is one I would highly recommend. It captures the spirit of the book much better than other varieties that I have seen in the past, as it doesn't focus too greatly on the pantomime feel of the story that is so common. In this way some of the darker elements of the novel are allowed to filter through therefore making the film more truthful to the text itself without completely destroying the magical properties that the Peter Pan story has taken on over the years.