by Julianne Obregon
Director Joe Wright presents an original live-action film about Peter Pan that will leave audiences waiting in anticipation for the next film.
“Pan” features the adventure of a young orphan boy named Peter before he became Peter Pan.
The film begins with a woman named Mary leaving Peter, played by Levi Miller, at an orphanage called Lambert Home For Boys in London.
After 12 years, Peter is still at Lambart Home hoping that his mother will come back for him.
One night after all of the boys have fallen asleep, pirates snuck through the windows, kidnapped every boy and whisked them away to Neverland.
Once in Neverland, Peter is greeted with fun, danger and discovers his destiny.
Fans of “Peter Pan” are given the opportunity to see how the characters became who they know them to be.
Miller, known for “Great Adventures,” plays a rebellious, mischievous character that always searches for the truth, even if it gets him into trouble.
He showed a side of Peter that audience members haven’t seen before and had them rooting for Peter every moment.
Blackbeard, played by Hugh Jackman, is a character that introduces himself as a ‘savior’ of orphan boys.
He tells the orphans that he is giving them freedom that they didn’t have back home when his real motive is far from that.
Jackman, known for playing Wolverine in the “X-Men franchise and “Les Misérables,” displayed the strength and vulnerability that this character reveals in the film which made Blackbeard more realistic.
In this film Hook, played by Garrett Hedlund, is not like the character most fans know him to be.
Hook is introduced as James Hook and was brought to Neverland by Blackbeard’s crew.
Even though Hook is a liar and appears to be aloof, he is actually a caring person that tries to do the right thing.
Tiger Lily is a warrior for the tribe that lives in Neverland that resists Blackbeard’s rule.
She may not be played by a young girl with a Native American appearance, but after watching Rooney Mara portray the character, that issue is no longer a problem.
Mara, known for “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” made the character believable through her performance and the emotion she displayed throughout the film.
As long as audiences keep in mind that “Pan” is a family, adventure film, the movie will be enjoyable.
“Pan” is rated PG for fantasy action violence, language and some thematic material.