To understand the end you must first understand the beginning. Director Joe Wright does just that in this year’s prequel, “Pan.”
Paramount Studios released the original “Peter Pan” in 1924, and since then several adaptions of the film have been set to stage, books and over a dozen films; including the animated Disney classic in 1947. Each adaptation has further developed the fantastical world of the iconic lost boy himself. And “Pan” is no exception.
The film brings to life the untold story of Peter Pan and how he discovers his identity in Neverland. Wright captivates an audience of both young and old in the enthralling plot and whimsical special effects.
The story takes place in London during World War II, where a young Peter (played by newcomer Levi Miller) has been abandoned and left with the hope that he will some day reunite with his mother. Through unexpected events, Peter finds himself in the vibrant parallel world of Neverland and the truth of his identity begins to unravel. Along the way he meets the infamous Captain Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and discovers danger and adventure in new and unfathomable ways.
“Pan” creates dimension and sparks imagination through the fantastical set, special affects, costume and characters. This film successfully attracts both young and older audience members alike. Young children can enjoy this PG adventure and leave inspired to let their imaginations run wild. Older audiences leave with a sense of hope. They don’t have to wrap their minds around a complicated plot but can simply enjoy the movie for the sake of what it is: a classic, family feel-good.