Review: PanPan * by Joe Wright
Released by Warner Bros. on 7 October 2015
Genres: Fairytale Retellings, Fantasy
Length: 1h 51m
Source: Seen in cinema
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Nonso Anozie, Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Burke, Lewis MacDougall, Cara Delevingne.

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12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

When I first heard about the movie Pan, I honestly thought it would be about the Greek God of Nature. Then I found out it would be Peter Pan’s origin story (it sounds so bad ass like that, ha ha ha). I loved the Disney movie when I was younger, and really enjoyed it when I rewatched it a while back – so I was very curious for this movie. The fact that Hugh Jackman played a role in it really made me want to see it – because he’s one of my favourite actors at the moment.

The day after it got released, my friend and I went to see it in the cinema. And to be honest, it wasn’t a great movie. It was enjoyable, it was funny, but amazing? No, not really. Yes, I am still glad I went to see it, but I don’t know, I guess it just missed the magic of the Disney movie. It’s been a couple of days since I’ve seen it, so honestly I don’t remember much of it, but the things I do remember were alright.

First of all there were the songs. I hadn’t expected there to be singing in this movie, and I definitely hadn’t expected this. The first song we heard in this movie was Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, and honestly it felt so awkward? I mean yeah I probably had expected songs to be sung in this movie – but I hadn’t expected this. I like Smells Like Teen Spirit, and I did like this version, but I just couldn’t help but feel really awkward during the scene and hoping they would stop. View Spoiler »

Most of the characters we already knew from the old Peter Pan movie; there’s Peter of course – who is new to Neverland in this story. We also meet (Captain) James Hook, who I thought had a super annoying accent, ugh I really wanted to punch his mouth shut. Then there’s Smee – who is part of Hook’s crew in the original story, he felt kind of like the comic relief in this movie, but it was enjoyable. And there’s Tiger Lily, the princess, which is a bit strange – because in the original movie she’s around Wendy’s age (twelve/thirteen or something?) and here she was definitely older. Maybe they did this so Hook had someone to flirt with? I don’t know but as much as I loved her being badass, I did feel like she was only there because romance. View Spoiler »

We also met some new characters; including Peter’s mum (won’t be talking much about her because spoilers), and Blackbeard – played by Hugh Jackman – the villain of this story. He looked so amazing in this story, almost unrecognisable. My mum had no idea it was him until I pointed it out. Yeah he was probably my favourite part of this movie, which doesn’t happen to me a lot. Me, liking the villain best? Wow!

In the end, I thought Pan was enjoyable, but I just don’t think it was a great movie. It wasn’t as bad as a lot of people said it would be (then again, how can you judge a movie by the 2-minute trailer?). I don’t think I’ll go and see it again (certainly not in the cinema, even though I technically don’t have to pay for it).

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