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This review is from: Peter Pan (2003) [DVD] (DVD)
On viewing this film for the first time, I was absolutely adamant that it would be childish, facetious, sappy, and even (dare I say it) beneath me intellectually. However, I am delighted to admit that I was as bewitched by it as the toddler in the row in front of me. I was fascinated to observe a film simply driping in irony and depth, as opposed to the shallow, tedious disney rip-off I had none too eagerly anticipated.
How does Peter Pan pull of such a difficult task so easily? How is it innocent, yet provocative, romantic, yet not sappy, naive, yet not condescending?
I believe that the answer lies in the beautiful, subtle irony positively oozing from it.
For example, the double casting of Jason Isaacs as both Mr. Darling and Captain Hook. Simply a coincidence? I think not. This is doubtless a reflection of Wendy's feelings towards her father, her perception of him as a villian attempting to take away her childhood, as is illustrated in his endless pursuit of Peter, the very embodiment of all that is young and free.
Also, as an older viewer I was surpised at the underlying sensual emotions charging through several scenes in this film, that all the children in the cinema seemed oblivious to. Peter and Wemdy's woodland dance (whcih, by the way, was absolutely STUNNING) was a brilliant study of the emotional battle facing pubescent youths everywhere as they struggle to come to terms with their new-found sexual feelings. This point is further explored as Peter then shies away, looking for reassurance from Wendy that 'It's only make-believe, isn't it?'
Indeed, what is Neverland itself but a metaphor for the strugle that faces us all at some point when one is faced with the daunting prospcet of growing up, yet desperately wants to cling to ones childhood. Everyone at some time wishes that they could just escape somewhere and never grow up. This film expresses that better than any biology class (and I should know, I'm 13.)
In this day and age, everyone seems to want to grow up too quickly. Well I challenge any teenager to watch this film and see if it doesn't make you pine for your innocent childhood years. And if you believe ourself to be above it, like I myself did at one time, watch it anyway and you might just be surprised.
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Initial post: 22 Dec 2010 12:06:07 GMT
Tank Girl says:
It's so refreshing to read such a brilliant, articulate review. I can't believe you're only 13. The points you make about Hook and Mr Darling, and Wendy and Peter's budding attraction are fascinating.
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