This was a very nice prequel to J.M. Barre's work. It provides us with a plausible background for Peter Pan and makes for a good film. But it can be very frightening to younger children, unlike Barre's play, and "Hook", the sequel starring the late Robin Williams. I'm not sure what audience the producers were seeking, but I'm not sure they hit any of them. While it contains little in the way of offensive language, the terror of hideous monsters is very real. But not the slasher horror films that draw teenagers with the overt violence.
The only known star is Hugh Jackman who plays Blackbeard, the pirate. The rest were relative unknowns to me, but were all accomplished in their performances. I'm not sure that Jackman was ideal for the role, just as he was not ideal for his role in Les Miserables, the movie based upon the musical.
For these two reasons, I gave it four stars because I have to admit that I liked the film. I'll watch it again.
These are magical ships who can sail through the sky with no problems. Blackbeard takes orphaned boys from earth to work in the mines in Neverland, seeking to find the crystals of Pixem (pixie dust) for power. The pixies have gone underground and are protected by Tiger Lillie's tribe, who fight off the pirates. Pan meets up with James Hook, who, in this prequel is an Indiana Jones "good guy" throughout the film. Peter is strong willed, and a hero in waiting. He doesn't know what his heritage is, but eventually finds out that he is the son of a prince and a pixie mother.
The film opens with a very agile young woman leaving the infant Peter on the steps of the orphanage. The place is run by nuns who are anything but kind and gentle and caring. Peter is rebellious and along with nibs, cause all sorts of mischief, eventually finding the head nun's stash of coins and food, despite this being placed in World War II England.
It is from this orphanage that Blackbeard nabs the boys for work in his mines. Rather than go any further, some of the scenes reminded me of the film adaptation of the musical Oliver and I expected the orphan boys to break out singing Food, Glorious Food. They didn't but easily could have.
Hook is an interesting character. As I mentioned, he is an Indiana Jones type of character and the film bears some resemblance to the films. Altogether, an interesting film that kept us watching. Well paced.