Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Peter Pan (2003)

I'd been meaning to see this version of Peter Pan since it came out. I'd always heard good things and I finally got the chance last night: on the big screen no less. Thank you Brattle Theatre. It didn't disappoint: a faithful, entertaining, dark, imaginative version. It was a little too frenetic at times, and the ending was a little over-the-top sentimental but those are relatively small complaints. My favorite performances: Jason Isaacs was superb in the dual role of Mr. Darling and Captain Hook, Ludivine Sagnier was almost too strange but also strangely perfect as Tinkerbell, and Olivia Williams was a beautiful (natch) Mrs. Darling. Jeremy Sumpter and Rachel Hurd-Wood were good enough as Peter and Wendy.

The rumors on this film, directed by P. J. Hogan, were that it went wildly over budget. At least it shows with some stunning, and creative, special effects work. I loved that the film didn't go whole-hog on CGI--that there are all sorts of other special effects techniques, including a pretty charming animatronic parrot.

No comments:

Post a Comment