British Director Joe Wright is famous for the literary adaptations of Pride & Prejudice, Anna Karenina, and Atonement. His latest work is Pan, a prequel about 12-year-old Peter’s first visit to Neverland.
We never get to see Peter become Peter Pan as we know him, therefore, Wright had free reign to explore and create a new story filled with visual flair, spectacle, and dazzle. Wright kept the story clear and fun by using clever art design, colours, and cinematography.
The film focuses on young Peter (Levi Miller) who was orphaned during WWII in London. His mother abandoned him at an orphanage as a baby. The head mother, a monstrous woman, had no regard for Peter as she constantly picked on him. One evening when Peter and the other children went to bed, a crew of flying pirates kidnapped all the children and sailed them away to supernatural Neverland to be used as salve labour by order of Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).
Peter starts his new job by digging for Pixum (fairy dust to keep Black Beard youthful) in the caves and that’s when he meets James Hook (Garrett Hedlund). The two plot an escape which proves to be successful and along their journey they meet the warrior princess Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara), who helps them search for Fairy Land before Blackbeard finds it himself. Pan’s journey to finding himself is explored throughout the film as he attempts to search for his mother, who he believes is in Neverland.
Levi Miller gave an entertaining performance as Pan. He helped to bring childish imagination alive in the film. The film has lots of magical moments, adventure, love and hope that added life to the story, however, Pan fell short in many ways. The casting choices where poor, the CGI was not great and songs that Blackbeard and his crew sang were bizarre. But besides that, I appreciate that the film followed a complete story.
Pan takes you on an adventure that is exciting aesthetically which makes it interesting to watch until the end.