Peter Pan (2003)

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One of the best versions of the childhood classic to date. It feels more alive and more like the feelings you would have as a child when you view this film. It is a true masterpiece of family entertainment with action, romance and just plain fun with pixie dust. You even get to see the truly devious nature of the little fairy that every child loves, so be prepared to tell your little princesses that everything is going to be alright. Tinkerbell is not all fun and loving, she is a jealous imp that would even participate in murder to keep Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) all to himself. If you think about it Pan has his Hook and Wendy has her Tinkerbell, both Captain Hook (Jason Isaacs) and Tink want to see their rivals dead and gone so they can never bother them again. If you don’t believe me then watch the film and read the book to see for yourself how much of a little devil she really can be.

Mr. and Mrs. Darling (Olivia Williams) live in a house in London, he is a banker and she the loving wife with the grace that would tame and charm just about anyone that she meets. Everyone who meets her instantly loves her as her charm radiates around her. It is this grace and charm that Wendy (Rachel Hurd-Wood) is starting to find in herself, even if she is a rambunctious tom boy. She and her two brothers John (Harry Newell) and Michael (Freddie Popplewell) love to play and role play their adventures against the evil Captain Hook and even weave him into the tales of Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. The kids have a wild and healthy imagination and use it to have loads of fun knocking things over and running all over the place. While all the commotion is going on the mother just smiles knowing that her children are safe and at home with their dog Nanna watching over them. It is a fun and happy house that Peter often spies upon as he listens to their stories and watches them play.

Night after night it is the same fun till Aunt Millicent (Lynn Redgrave) decides that Wendy has to become a lady and start behaving like a woman instead of some rambunctious street urchin. This of course makes Wendy very sad which draws Peter to her to cheer her up, that is after she fixes his shadow which will make anyone smile. With Wendy’s confusion about what is happening to her and in her life she tries to kiss Peter with throws Tinkerbell (Ludivine Sagnier) into a tantrum and vows that if Wendy tries it again she will surely kill her. From that point on Tink is constantly trying to get rid of her rival, she wants Peter and doesn’t want any other woman to have him at all. Peter does his best to calm her and then teaches all the children to fly so that they can blast off into space and on to Neverland where Hook and the Lost Boys are waiting for them.

This is a masterpiece film narrated by Saffron Burrows and will have you laughing and even crying throughout the film. There are some scenes that are so touching that you will not be able to help yourself but to cry at what you see, no mater who might be around to see the tears fall from your eyes. This film will lift your heart and leave you feeling refreshed and in wonder after the credits start rolling. You will never look at your childhood memories of Tink, Peter or Wendy in the same way ever again. This film will give you a whole new world for your mind to explore and is even based on the stage play and book that Sir James Matthew Barrie wrote.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★★