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Peter Pan (2003)
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Oct 7, 2004 By: JaneBlo
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Director:
P.J. Hogan

Actors:
Jason Isaacs
Jeremy Sumpter
Rachel Hurd-Wood

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Wendy, the young daughter of the Darling household, likes to entertain her brothers Michael and John with her adventurous tales of danger, Indians and pirates, including the most notoriously evil pirate of all-time, Captain Hook. One winter night as she is telling her stories, Peter Pan drops in, befriends the children, and after he teaches them to fly, takes them all away to a magical land called Neverland and thus transports them directly into a world of their own story-telling magic where they even encounter the murdering Captain Hook.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
All children grow up except one: Peter Pan. The story of Peter Pan, written by J.M. Barrie, has been made into movies before, the one I recall in particular is HOOK. This film is a thousand times better than HOOK and does not even compare. The special effects are stunning, especially the flying scenes. One scene I really enjoyed is when the children and Peter Pan relax on a cloud, spying on the pirates and then they jump from cloud to cloud so effortlessly. The visual imagery is gorgeous, everything from the Black Castle, the Neverland forest, the pirate ship, the fairies and their dances are so beautiful to see. The stunning background scenery, sunsets and all, down to the last sprinkle of fairy dust, is so breathtakingly magical that one truly feels as if one is in an enchanted fairy wonderland.

The story itself is easily understandable, well-rounded and full of twists and turns that keep it exciting throughout. Not a dull moment to be found. As far as the casting goes, it is superb as all the actors here are very talented in particular Jason Isaacs who plays the dual role of Captain Hook and Mr. Darling. Lynn Redgrave, although having a small role, stands out as the wonderful Aunt Millicent and I dont think anyone could have played Peter Pan as well as the young Jeremy Sumpter did. This is a sweet and touching story of magic, love and childhood and I was moved to tears at times. You might be too when you see how Peters fairy, Tinkerbell, is saved after being poisoned, and how Peter finally feels love, at last, and how the Lost Boys ultimately find a home. This classic childrens tale is beautifully filmed and acted and together with the amazing visuals, costumes and enthralling musical score constitutes a real treasure of a film. It is dedicated to the memory of the late Dodi Al Fayed and a sweeter, more loving tribute could not exist.
THE EXTRAS
This DVD is loaded with cool bonus features and I enjoyed every single one.

The Pirates Ship: A 10-minute segment including a look at the pirate ship, another piece called Through the Eyes of Captain Hook where the actor playing Captain Hook shows us his behind-the-scenes home video footage, another piece about the Lost Boys versus the Pirates and also a lost pirate song, for our hearing pleasure. All in all, very fun.

The Darling House: Another 10-minute featurette containing an alternate ending where Wendy Darling is all grown up and Peter Pan comes back and is not impressed that she is an adult now. Deleted scenes, a segment on Me and My Shadow and a final piece on the dog training involved in the film round out this cool feature.

The Black Castle: We enter the castle, all creepy and dark. Also, a segment entitled Learning to Fly which is an in-depth look at the difficult process of flight training techniques and the flying scenes. The Mermaids Tale rounds off this ten minute feature. The mermaids are very creepy and not nice but its interesting to see how they are all made up. Also, a DVD-ROM for our viewing delight. A very enjoyable feature.

The Neverland Forest: In Explore the Forest, the beauty is something to behold, reminiscent of the enchanted forest in Legend. Included is a piece entitled Tinkerbell: Behind the Fairy Dust which looks into how they blended a CG character with a live actor. We meet the actress who plays Tinkerbell. I Do Believe in Fairies, a peek inside the magical world of fairies, and Princess Tiger Lily complete the extras we find in this feature which was without a doubt my favorite, huge fairy-lover that I am.

The Home Under The Ground: Duchess Sarah Ferguson gives the viewer an inside look into how the tale of Peter Pan came to be. I found this very educational as well as fun.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Every child (and adult - they might learn something) should see this film although be forewarned that they might not want to grow up anymore after viewing it. This story is for the little child inside all of us. A feast for the eyes blended with the heart warming tale of youth, innocence and magic. I now understand Michael Jacksons interest in all things Peter Pan a bit more. If you are a child at heart, you will want to own this and watch it over and over again. If not, it is recommended for all you adults out there who have lost touch with your inner child. Top-notch, one of the best films I have seen in years.
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