Pan Movie Review
Pan is now available on DVD and Blu-ray, which means that everyone can now easily watch the financial debacle that is Joe Wright's overly ambitious prequel to Peter Pan--or they can choose not to watch it, just like they did when the film was in theaters for a brief amount of time.
Visually pretty and certainly creative, Pan is the second movie in a row from Joe Wright where his directorial ambitions have outweighed entertainment value. After all, Pan should and sort of is a kid's movie, but while it looks gorgeous at times, it lacks the fun, humor and charisma one needs to truly bring Neverland to life, at least in a form people want to watch.
Pan is not the disaster I expected based on word of mouth or the dreadful movie trailers, but it's definitely a misfire. The movie begins well enough, but as soon as Peter (played by Levi Miller) arrives in Neverland and Captain Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and his crew start singing Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the cracks begin to appear. Nearly every scene from then on just feels off, nice to look at but distant and cold, far from the mesmerizing or awe-inspiring mood that Wright clearly was shooting for.
The characters are largely uninteresting. Miller looks like Peter Pan, but I never felt invested in the character. Jackman's Blackbeard is uninspiring. And I'm still unclear why Wright recruited Garrett Hedlund to play a pre-Captain Hook who bears no resemblance to any version of Captain Hook you could imagine--and, inexplicably, is Peter Pan's ally.
As vibrant as Pan is, the movie simply isn't much fun. Lacking real humor or a sense of awe or childlike energy, the movie offers no real reason for existing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.