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Pan (2015)

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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.

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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.

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Rated PG for fantasy action violence, language and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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9 October 2015 (USA)  »

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$150,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,315,435 (USA) (11 October 2015)

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$35,088,320 (USA)
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The boots Tiger Lily wears are actually owned by actress Rooney Mara. Tiger Lily supposedly stole them from a pirate. See more »

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The RAF fighters firing on the ship over London were flying far too slow, and they wouldn't have flown at night. Night time air defence was provided by anti-aircraft guns until radar-equipped night fighters became available - none of which were Spitfires or Hurricanes. See more »

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Peter Pan: [narrating] I am going to tell you a story about a boy who would never grow up. About the pirate who wished to kill him. About the island where fairies roamed. But this isn't the story you've heard before, because sometimes friends begin as enemies, and enemies begin as friends. Sometimes to truly understand how things end, we must first know how they begin.
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The Warner Bros logo was set in a black and white/silver color with clouds (and later stars) in the background. See more »


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Written by Tommy Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone
Performed by Pan Cast
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Lack Of Focus Leads To Lack Of Audience
27 February 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Making a Peter Pan movie is tricky business. You need to inject the project with a heaping dose of fun (what the original is based on), but at the same time treat the material with a certain type of gravitas. In short, you need to be deadly serious but have fun at the same time. That is a concept that only the best directors (see: Steven Spielberg with "Hook") can see to fruition. Unfortunately, "Pan" lacks the focus to decide exactly what it wants to be, which in turn leads to a very large audience disconnect problem.

For a basic plot summary, "Pan" begins in WWII England, where young Peter (Levi Miller) is living in a boys home after being dropped on their doorstep as an infant by his mother (Amanda Seyfried). One night, a band of mysterious, flying pirates starts snatching boys from the reformatory, and Peter is included, being taken away on a pirate ship to Neverland. There, he meets Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), the most ruthless pirate in existence. Peter is not afraid, however, an even demonstrates an uncanny ability to fly, suggesting he may be the fulfillment of an age-old prophecy. Helping him reach that goal is Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara), leader of the natives. Along the way, Peter also meets up with a fellow rebel...James Hook (Garrett Hedlund).

Like I said, the biggest and most obviously-identifiable problem with "Pan" is that it just lacks a strong focus or sense of purpose. It was advertised quite heavily and mysteriously enough to attract interest, yet it is clearly a children's film from the get-go. It never takes on the gravitas needed to appeal to an older audience. Also, the film firmly sets itself in "prequel territory", but then chooses to not develop any of those elements and instead stick to pure adventure. Again, not a terrible approach, but it was as if the film-makers needed to decide exactly what they were doing instead of trying to throw a whole bunch of things in the pot and hope for an edible stew to emerge.

The most unforgivable sin of "Pan", however, is that it takes the "wink and nod" approach to a Pan prequel. Though I know that the Pan canon is all about fun and childhood, it also needs to be "done with a straight face", so to speak. As soon as you start treating the story with any less the reverence it deserves, it starts to break down, and that clearly happens here. Instead of trying to actually tell a prequel story, "Pan" is only set as such so it can through in a reference to what will happen in the future here and there.

About the only positive I can say about "Pan" is that it isn't an outright train wreck. I'm sure some children will enjoy it, as they will be sucked into the adventure of the piece. For any more mature audiences, though, it is pretty hollow. 1.5 stars would be my exact rating.


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