Neverland - The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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Neverland reveals the never-before-told story of how Peter Pan became the Boy Who Never Grew Up. It's an enthralling fantasy adventure for all of the family, starring Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel, Charles Dance, Bob Hoskins, with Charlie Rowe as Peter and Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell.
It's 1906 and young ragamuffin Peter (Rowe) and his gang of pickpockets earn their keep by committing robberies for crooked fencing instructor Jimmy (Ifans). Hired by the enigmatic Richard Fludd (Dance) to steal a mysterious orb from an antiques shop, Jimmy involves Peter and his friends, little knowing that the sphere acts as a gateway to another world. When the orb is accidentally activated during the robbery, Peter looks on as Jimmy and the boys are transported to the magical realm of Neverland. Confronting Fludd, Peter finds his own way to Neverland, but discovers that Jimmy and the boys have already been captured by pirates, led by the beautiful but ruthless Captain Elizabeth Bonny (Friel).
Meanwhile, Peter is saved from a swarm of angry 'Tree Spirits' by a group of Kaw Indians who reveal that they've been in Neverland for hundreds of years and have never aged a day. Onboard the pirate ship Jolly Roger, Jimmy finds himself drawn to Bonny and her maniacal plans for ruling Neverland. Desperate to get her hands on the powerful 'mineral dust' that gives the Tree Spirits their power, Bonny plots against the Kaws who protect the magical creatures from harm. Peter sets out to save his friends and find a way back to London, but discovers that his beloved mentor Jimmy has been much changed by Bonny's malign influence. As Bonny's cruel methods cut a swathe of destruction through Neverland, Peter finds his loyalty to the increasingly unhinged Jimmy tested as a remarkable series of events set him on the path to becoming the Boy Who Never Grew Up.
This two-part Peter Pan prequel features thrilling action and a superb A-list cast. Directed by Willing, the visionary film-maker behind miniseries Alice and Tin Man, Neverland explores the origins of classic characters like Peter Pan and Captain Hook and the very nature of the world created by author JM Barrie. Also featuring Knightley as the voice of Tinkerbell and Hoskins as Smee, a character he first played in Steven Spielberg's Hook, Neverland is a star-studded family spectacular brought to the screen with imagination and verve.
Back in 1991, Steven Spielberg came something of a cropper when he dug into the story of Peter Pan, and tried to establish what happened once everyone had grown up. Neverland has a lot more luck going the other way, though. It sets its story before the well known adventures of Peter Pan, and tries to find out just how he became who he was.
To do this, it moves the story back to the start of the twentieth century, and crucially, pulls in a really impressive cast. Writer and director Nick Willing has brought together Charlie Rowe as Peter, along with Bob Hoskins as Smee--reprising the role he played in the aforementioned Hook. Then there's Anna Friel, Charles Dance, Keira Knightley voicing Tinkerbell, and Rhys Ifans stealing any scene he's let near as James Hook. It's Ifans who you long to see as much of on the screen, and Neverland doesn't disappoint. He does the role proud.
This release sees the original mini-series brought together in one, and it's all the better for it. It's a rollicking adventure, with its ambitions firmly in entertaining a family audience. What's particularly impressive is that it finds interesting things to do with a bunch of characters familiar to most, if not all, of us to some extent. And, more than that, that familiarity adds to the fun. An excellent family adventure, with good, broad appeal. --Jon Foster
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All this sounds gloriously inventive. Surely a treat is assured with such illustrious names on board (especially with Bob Hoskins again as Smee). Glowing reviews tempted me to buy, I looking forward to being most royally entertained. Instead there came considerable disappointment.
Here is yet another example of how vital it is to have a strong script upon which to build. This is a mishmash. From start to finish much seems awkwardly cobbled together, bewildering leaps in the plot suggesting savage editing. A clue why this is so appears in one of the bonuses on Disc 2. The director speaks of a four hour long film. What we in fact have is well under three.
Amongst assets are some performances and many special effects. An interesting bonus tells how some of the latter were achieved, green screen much in evidence. It fascinates to see how ingeniously everything becomes transformed. In interviews cast members enthuse about their roles and look forward to the finished version.
This attempt to produce a meaningful, spectacular variation on the Peter Pan story has inspired mixed reactions. Mainly they are favourable. Sadly it simply did not work for me, the whole enterprise needing more focus and a firmer hand.
I believe 'Mr Barrie' would have approved.
It's 1906 in 'london' 'James Hook' (Rhys Ifans) is looked upon by 'Peter' (Charlie Rowe) and his pals as a father figure, in truth 'Jimmy' as 'Hook' is known by....uses the lads in the same way that 'fagan' does in the 'Oliver Twist' story.
'Jimmy' plans a robbery at a jewlers, he seeks a mystery 'orb'
The 'orb' has the power to transfer those who strike it into a different galaxy, to a distant planet where you never grow older, an enchanting and wonderful planet.......Neverland.
Like the 'Peter Pan' story, this is every childs dream, living in a land of adventure, and as a child, you never grow up.
this is a pretty good stab at presenting a prequel to 'j.m.barrie's' timeless tale.
The film perhaps a little darker than the 'Peter Pan' films we know.
Also Starring in this TV-Mini-Series,,,,'Keira Knightley' (Tinker-Bell 2-episodes) ''Anna Friel' (Elizabeth Bonny 2-episodes)
and the late-great 'Bob Hoskins' (Mr Smee)
If you want to see how the characters came to be in 'Neverland' this is a pretty decent attempt at solving the mystery.
In 1906, the fallen arisocrat James "Jimmy" Hook (Rhys Ifans) has collected a gang of young boys who steal things for him, lead by the impish Peter Pan (Charlie Rowe). But when Jimmy and the gang vanish, Peter must use a mysterious black orb to travel into a wholly alien world -- Neverland. In this world, there are silver faeries, a pirate ship, and a lost tribe of Indians.
The pirate captain Elizabeth Bonny (Anna Friel) quickly fascinates Jimmy, especially when she reveals that the fairies have magical dust that allows flight. Peter is horrified by his father figure's betrayal, especially when the pirates kill one of the boys. His only goal is to get back to London, and the only way he knows how is to seek out a hooded man who appears in his dreams with the black orb.
With the help of Aaya (aka Tiger Lily) (Q'orianka Kilcher), Peter ventures into a strange lost city, where he discovers the truth about Neverland. But when the pirates attack and capture the boys and Aaya, Peter must use his newfound powers to save them and defeat Captain Hook...
J.M. Barrie didn't really go into the background of Peter Pan in his original novel -- Peter Pan just sort of EXISTED, like a nature sprite or some forgotten deity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of fun watching this film, great entertainment glad I bought it. Amazing acting pure blend of fantasy and non-fiction.Published 9 months ago by A. S. Phillips
Not quite five stars but it's fun to watch. Could have been more tightly edited as it gets a bit 'talky' in places.Published 10 months ago by A. J. Flynn