Peter Banning, a successful lawyer in San Francisco, is struggling with other aspects of his life. Between his work and his children as well as his relationship with his wife, Moira, Peter seems unaware that his devotion to his job is not only straining these relationships, but they have been brought nearly to the breaking point. When the family goes to England to celebrate Granny Wendy’s hospital wing dedication the family is thrown back into the world of Peter and Moira’s childhood.
Granny Wendy took in Peter as the first orphan that she helped raise. Over the years she helpd so many other lost children that there is now a wing of the local hospital being dedicated to her work. It is on the night of the dedication that tragedy strikes. While Peter’s children, Jack and Maggie, are staying at the house with Granny Wendy’s housekeeper and one of her friends, Liza and Tootles, someone breaks into the house and steals the children.
Upon their return to find their beds empty Peter is confronted with the fact that the stories of Wendy and Peter Pan are not just stories at all…that he is actually Peter Pan. And his children have been taken by the notorious Captain Hook and his crew. But Peter doesn’t want to believe…can’t believe. It is only when he is finally pulled into Neverland that Peter must confront his past. The one that he chose to bury a long time ago when he fell in love with Wendy’s granddaughter, Moira.
-Genre: Fantasy, Swashbuckler/Pirate, Action/Adventure, Family
-Creator: created by James V. Hart and Malia Scotch Marmo, based on the story Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie
-Length: 142 minutes
-Rating: PG (mild violence, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol and smoking, mild frightening scenes and deaths)
-Where to Watch: Netflix (with subscription), Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Charlie Korsmo
-Page of Reference in RP1: 62
Review (contains spoilers):
This is by far my favorite rendition of Peter Pan.
I love the characterization of Wendy and how they aged her. She isn’t the same Wendy that you know from the Disney version of the story…or from Finding Neverland…or any other rendition of Peter Pan. And Maggie Smith does in incomparable job in her performance.
Peter is a scared and oblivious man that took on so many of the characteristics of Captain Hook that he always fought against. Not just growing up but greed and selfishness. Robin Williams does a spectacular job of portraying Peter from start to finish.
Moira and the children are fabulous. Tootles and Liza are beloved side characters.
And the Lost Boys and Tinkerbell… Rufio in particular… are just how I imagined them when reading Peter Pan as a child. They are crazy and imaginative and just children. Tink is delightful (and much better than the cartoon version of herself).
Hook in this film is the best Hook. He is the swashbuckling, vindictive, and overly vain. Dustin Hoffman was by far the perfect choice for this roll (though I would have been fascinated to see David Bowie in the roll…)
I love the story and the way things develop. The set dressing is perfect from the house in England to the Lost Boys clearing to Hook’s pirate ship.
The costumes are extravagant and over the top. Slightly cartoony in places but not in a way that would be considered out of place. They tell so much of the story of the characters that we don’t get to hear.
And can we just agree that the whole film is a stunning work that expands the story of Peter Pan that we all grew up with.
I ALWAYS recommend this to families with older kids. It is a great film to watch with the family and one that I continue to enjoy immensely even into my 30s.