"One Girl is Worth Twenty Boys"
Peter Pan
Review by Ross Anthony

Magical, whimsical, richly colored, paced to romp, sprinkled with fairy dust and fun. Return to your childhood with your children. Fun for all ages, and a good date flick too. Where can you get all that in one film?

Sweet visuals and a smart script. The rigid grandmother commands the adolescent Wendy to step into womanhood, "Come towards me so that I might appraise you."

A band of the lost children in Neverland gather around a fallen Wendy, flat on her back, an arrow through her chest. One says, "Tragic." Another says, "Yeah, good shot though."

Surprisingly, a romantic puppy-love heart ticks in the underbelly of this playful dreamlike picture. Alas, there are a few actual deaths (kills), but those are all pirates and the deaths are not gory.

"I do believe in fairies! I do, I do!"

Says writer/director Hogan of casting, "Peter Pan has been a cartoon, onstage mainly played by a woman, and in 'Hook' he was 40 years old. Now a kid is finally getting to do the greatest role ever written for a kid. Jeremy is Peter Pan. He is wild, confident, boisterous, fun -- all those things that were so difficult to find in one kid. I was looking for the 12-year-old Errol Flynn."

  • Peter Pan. Copyright © 2003.
  • Starring Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Sumpter, Richard Briers, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave, Ludivine Sagnier.
  • Directed by P.J. Hogan.
  • Screenplay by P.J. Hogan and Michael Goldenberg.
  • Based upon the Original Stageplay and Books by J.M. Barrie.
  • Produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick, Patrick McCormick at Columbia/Universal/Revolution/Allied Stars.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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