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Peter Pan & Wendy (2023) Movie Review.

The story begins with Wendy Darling (Ever Anderson) leading her younger brother John (Joshua Pickering) and younger brother Michael (Jacobi June) in an enthusiastic play session that includes sword fighting, running and dancing, followed by some sweet moments between the kids and their parents (Molly Parker and Alan Tudyk). Soon, Peter Pan (Alexander Molony) makes his entrance from another realm, along with the fairy Tinkerbell (Yara Shahid, of “Black-ish” and “Grown-ish”). They are sent to Neverland through a hole of some sort. the worm, placed next to the fabled Second Star on the right. They meet and befriend the Lost Boys (apparently modeled after the Benneton hedgehog catalog in “Hook”) as well as the Native American princess Tiger Lily (Alyssa Wapanatahk, a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation), who was stereotypical fare. hostage in the Disney cartoon, but gets an action heroine makeover here, literally riding to the rescue on more than one occasion.

Jude Law, who is settling into the “I’m just here to have a good time!” The character acting phase anchors the film as Pan’s nemesis, Captain Hook. Law plays the character more like a neurotic comic figure with Personal Issues than a scary villain (although young viewers will still want to hide behind the furniture when he orders all the Darling children killed). Lowery has given Hook a bit of the Magua or Killmonger anti-hero treatment, that is, making the Bad Guy character’s origin story so relatable that he seems more pitiable than repulsive. Jim Gaffigan, who’s shaping up to be a John Goodman-level supporting player, plays Hook’s sidekick Smee as an emotionally bruised, embittered underling who’s admittedly flawed but mostly jaded because it has to satisfy a solution-minded boss. to bad morals is to throw more people into the sea. The Peter-Tinkerbell pairing has also been rethought, in part: she’s clearly the boss of the pair, sometimes seeming to command him psychically, or at least implant suggestions or tasks in his mind in a way that makes him believe she’s acting alone .

Every performance in this film is good, sometimes more than good, and little can be said against the filmmaking, from the beauty of the calendar to the genuine inspiration. The action-packed climax, which doubles as a therapy session for some major characters, has some dreamy images of eeriness and gives Law a satisfying exit befitting this incarnation of the character. But it all has an air of missed opportunity, and you sometimes wonder if Lowery and his co-writer Toby Halbrooks might have wanted to dive deeper than they knew Disney executives would have. allowed. takes care of copyright and merchandising. (There’s a really subversive “Peter Pan” satire of the Peter-Tinkerbell relationship in this one: she’s a small, dumb black woman who basically can’t do anything unless she uses an immature, charming white guy as an instrument ).

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