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Pan tells us the story of a young Peter

Updated on February 28, 2016

Pan

Every story has a beginning.
Every story has a beginning. | Source

Credits

Pan:PG“ (111 min.)

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar

Directed by: Joe Wright

The Legend of Peter Pan

Okay, we all know the story of Peter Pan; the little boy who never grows up. In the original of J. M. Barrie play the story is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, Tinker Bell; Captain Hook; the lost boys, Tiger Lilly and the Indians, the crocodile, and of course, the three children; Wendy, John, and Michael-who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland — Second star to the right, and straight on ‘til morning.

Pan Blu-ray

Pan [Blu-ray]
Pan [Blu-ray]

From director Joe Wright comes "Pan," a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. Peter is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily and a new friend named James Hook, Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard to save Neverland and discover his true destiny-to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

 

The Beginning of the Story

Well, over the years since its original publication, the story has been re-interpreted, republished, restaged, and re-presented more times than we care to count, ad still it holds all of its original wonder. So, with this film, Pan goes one step beyond the simple re-telling of the original story, and presents us with a prequel to the saga (in much the same way that the Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman film version Hook, gave us a (grown up) sequel to the story).

Pan, trailer

The young Peter

So, here we have the story of how a 12-year-old orphan Peter was originally spirited away from his British orphanage and carted off to the magical world of Neverland, where he discovers both fun and danger, and ultimately realizes his true destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Peter and Blackbeard

Peter and Captain Blackbeard
Peter and Captain Blackbeard | Source

The Cast comes to Life

Here with this incarnations of the tale, we see how Peter (Miller) meets up with and forms alliances with Tiger Lilly (Mara), and (oddly enough) befriends a young (pre-Captain) Hook (Garrett Hedlund), also here is Mr. Smee (Adeel Akhtar) and others from the story we all know, only in, albeit, slightly different incarnations. In this version, Peter and Hook team up to fight off a malevolent Blackbeard (Jackman). When Peter is spirited away to Neverland at the hands of the villainous woman who runs the oppressive orphanage, he winds up working in a mine with other slaves, which is where he meets Hook and Smee.

Walking the Plank

Here is where Peter learns he can fly.
Here is where Peter learns he can fly. | Source

A History of Prequels

The three manage to effect an escape which sets them off on a magical adventure bring them into contact with Tiger Lilly and the rest of the inhabitants of Neverland beyond the confines of the mines. The fun part of the film is that is sets up all the parts of the actual Peter pan story by orchestrating event that pre-stage those events (because we clearly already know what is going to happen). In this fashion it is much akin to the film Oz The Great and Powerful, or the stage play Wicked, both of which also give us looks at what occurred prior to the stories that we already know.

Peter Meets his Destiny

Peter, Tiger Lilly, and James Hook
Peter, Tiger Lilly, and James Hook | Source

Before and After the Story

While we do understand that there are those who do not like these kinds of films (either prequels or sequels that go beyond the stories we all remember from your childhoods), claiming that they somehow take away from the original story, we believe that so long as they are done well, and with proper respect to the source material, they are all fair game, and we — for one — welcome them.

At long last, Pan.

Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning.
Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning. | Source

Peter Pan

Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition)
Peter Pan (100th Anniversary Edition)

Peter Pan, the book based on J. M. Barrie's famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children-Wendy, John, and Michael-who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks.

Renowned children's-book artist Michael Hague has brought the amazing adventures of Peter Pan to life. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book. This newly designed edition will be enjoyed by fans young and old alike.

 

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