Pan, the prequel to the Disney’s Peter pan movie as well as the prequel to Hook. The movie came out in 2015 and I have long waited to watch this movie anticipating that it was going to be good by the previews and my past experiences with the other Peter Pan movies mentioned previously but I have to say this one came up on the bottom of the totem poll… Haha you get it because of the natives.. oh well.
Pan is about how Peter pan got his start in Neverland. Peter is abducted from the pirate Blackbeard, which is not original at all, and is put into forced labor with the rest of the thousands of orphan children that he has collected over the years to feed his selfish desire of guess what.. Youth. So surprising right. While working in the mines looking for fairy dust he meets another orphan who strangely is the oldest of them all, who is named Hook. Peter and Hook hook up.. 🙂 to escape the slave camp and get out of Neverland and find Peter’s lost mother, Both being separate goals. While on their mission they run into the natives and Peter finds out that he is the chosen one, the one they call Pan. Wrestling with the idea that he is suppose to be the natives and fairies savior from Blackbeard’s evil scheme, he fights to uphold his destiny of the chosen one by trying to fly.
As boring and poorly made as this film was it did have some highlights but first lets review where it failed. It was very poor in being exciting. There where many scenes that could have put you on the edge of your seat but they didn’t quite tip the scale there. Most of the movie was boring and expected. It was literally Blackbeard and his crew running around chasing Peter Pan and his friends from one place to the next. Chasing, a fight seen, a capture, chasing some more, a fight seen again, some one gets captured, repeat. Oh no. they are about to die.. not. Then there were these giant birds that happened to have a lot of screen time. Guess what they where called.. Neverbirds, go figure. Well, these birds look absolutely ridicules, I don’t know if they where suppose to look scary or stupid. They were rainbow colored and moved liked a skeleton.
One good part about the movie was how they tied in the other peter pan stories to this one. They made a lot of good connections between the characters and how they came to know each other and explained how their relationships came to be how they are in the original Peter pan movie and Hook. Another place that they did well in was giving the characters the personas that they had. The personalities and the looks of the characters made a close match in looking and having the same characteristics as the previous Peter pan films. Lastly it was neat watching Peter pan fly. I think they made the way he flew very cool and realistic. To tell you the truth that was probably the most exciting part about the movie was watching him fly, sadly enough.
To give this movie the credit it was worth, I think it would be a good watch for a 9 year old. It certainly could not keep my eyes glued to the screen, I basically surfed the internet and looked up from time to time as i listen to kids yipping and hollering and the sound of clashing swords. Any grown adult who has seen a few movies could watch the first 30 minutes of this, as it is the most entertaining part, and then have the since to turn it off. After that the movie just got boring and boring until the end which at that point was almost unbearable. This movie was a sad film and I don’t recommend you watching it unless your just obsessed with Peter Pan. I give this movie a Four out of Ten.