Release year: 2015
Director: Joe Wright
Screenwriter: Jason Fuchs, J.M. Barrie (characters)
Starring: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke
Young orphan boy Peter (Levi Miller) is whisked of to the magical world of Neverland. Here he befriends Hook (Garrett Hedlund) as they together with Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and her people put up a fight against the mean pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).
We all know Peter Pan, this is the story of how he became Peter Pan. Wright’s (Atonement, 2007) fantasy film brings us an alternative background story to Barrie’s beloved boy hero and plays with our heads by making archenemy Hook the good guy and instead introduces a new bad guy in Blackbeard, played by an almost unrecognizable Jackman (X-Men, 2000),who clearly enjoys his switch from the good guy to the big bad villain. Newcomer Miller (Jasper Jones, 2017) is impressive and both Hedlund (Eragon, 2006) and Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 2011) are appropriate colourful as respectively Hook and Tiger Lily. There are exceptional beautiful scenes and a fitting soundtrack making this origin story to a beloved children classic a great adventure for the entire family.
Many natural scenes in the film were from Son Doong Cave, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and Ninh Bình in Vietnam. The captured scenes were then graphically edited into the film.
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Picture copyrights: Warner Home Video