Pan DVD Review

DVD Review by Andy Box

The Premise
12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny -- to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

The Review

Can Rooney’s Tiger tame Hugh’s Blackbeard.

This is a non-stop, action packed, teenaged, Holi festival of colour and all available in 3D. Completed in a somewhat similar style to Mad Max Fury Road, Pan hits you with a plethora of details, costumes, colours and wonderful characters that you can’t take your eyes off the screen for the duration.

Hugh Jackman (Prisoners) is delightful as the scheming Blackbeard and he reminds me of a crazy Fagin who looks like he will burst into song (Les Miserables) at any given moment. His introductory scene to Nirvana is as bizarre as it is genius and sets the tone for a movie that is jolly good fun and just a little scary.

Jackman, who is in search of magic fairy stones that will give him eternal youth is challenged at every turn by the natives led by Rooney Mara’s (The Social Network) Tiger Lily.

Mara is strong as Wright’s chosen one and despite the protests and subsequent petition surrounding her casting as a white Tiger Lily, Mara puts in a performance that is genuinely frightening and heroic and one that will surely empower millions of girls around the world.

Joe Wright (Atonement) has done a solid job of creating a prequel that even with its obvious biblical references, delivers a believable origins story that is the base for an enjoyable journey through the world of J.M Barrie

I am not convinced by the role of Hook (Garrett Hedlund / Four Brothers) in the grand scheme of Pan and the uncertainty about his Indiana Jones like portrayal is just one of the unanswered questions you may ask yourself if you look deeper than this being anything but raw family fun.

The Verdict
If ever a movie can entertain the whole family then Pan Can!

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 23rd December 2015
Rating: PG – Contains violence and scary scenes
Duration: 111 minutes 
Genre:  Family Fantasy
Starring: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund
Director: Joe Wright (Anna Karenina, Hanna)

The Extras
The casting of the Caucasian actress Rooney Mara as the Native American character of Tiger Lily led to an online petition that urged Warner Bros to stop casting Caucasian actors to play people of color. The casting was accused of whitewashing and the petition originally hoped for 5000 signatures. However, more than 20,000 signatures have supported the accusation.

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2013 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.

Levi Miller won a drama award when he was 5 years old for playing Peter Pan. He loves the 2003 live-action Peter Pan (2003).

Joe Wright has said that he is making this for his son Zubin.

Dario Marianelli, a collaborator on Joe Wright's films and the Academy Award-winning composer of Atonement (2007) and V for Vendetta (2005), was Wright's original choice to compose the music for Pan (2015). However, Wright may have found Marianelli's completed music unsatisfactory and inadequate and was dropped out of the production. Wright eventually replaced Marianelli with John Powell, who is best known for his universally acclaimed and Academy Award-nominated score for How to Train Your Dragon (2010).

To find the right actor to play Peter, the filmmakers looked at thousands of kids in the UK, the United States, Canada, and Australia before finding Levi Miller.

This is Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried's second movie together. They previously starred in the musical drama Les Misérables (2012) as father and daughter, while in this film they are on opposite sides.