I love Peter Pan and so far the various iterations and side stories have been pretty good. I have read the book, seen the video version of the play, seen the Disney movie, watched Hook and Finding Neverland. When I first heard about Pan, a new prequel story to Peter Pan I was pretty excited – even the trailer looked decent, even with some of the casting issues that came up.
Then the reviews came out and it sounded bad, so we did not see it until now. Pan showed up on HBO so David and I decided we would take the time to see what this movie was all about. My basic review is that there is no joy in Pan, which to me misses some of the point of the Peter Pan story. I feel like in all of the other stories and movies surrounding the Peter Pan story they are all filled with a child-like joy that Pan is simply lacking. The movie is visually stunning, but then there is no real substance to back it up. Continue reading