Peter Pan returns to the big screen

Saturday October 10, 2015 Written by Published in Entertainment

Despite two determined attempts, I haven’t gone any further then the first few pages of the book Peter Pan.

It is an intriguing novel about a mischievous boy who can fly and never grows up, and spends his never-ending childhood having adventures on the small island of Neverland.

Maybe it’s because like Levi Miller, who plays Peter Pan in the latest adaptation of the book in the movie Pan, I also don’t believe in bedtime stories.

But when Pan was set to screen at the Empire Cinema on Thursday, I lined up with the Peter Pan fans, most of them children, expecting an exhilarating cinema experience.

Then a technical glitch got in the way and the movie was postponed to last night, giving me no time to watch it and write the review in today’s column.

However, I can tell you something about it.

Pan is the prequel to Scottish author JM Barrie’s famous story about Peter Pan.

The movie, which stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Miller in the lead roles is about the origins of the book’s main characters, in particular Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

Jackman plays evil pirate Blackbeard who plans to destroy the fairies and take over the entire Neverland. Hedlund plays the younger version of Captain Hook, who is expected to be an ally of Peter Pan in this movie but otherwise known as his archenemy. 

Stunning Mara plays Tiger Lily, daughter of Great Big Little Panther, the chief of the Piccaninny Native American tribe resident in Neverland.

Pan is directed by English director Joe Wright who is known for his work in the 2012 adaptation of the romantic drama classic Anna Karenina.

He’s known for his rich visual flair and Pan can be expected to be a bold, colourful affair.

And a look at the enticing trailer suggests it could be an adventure worth experiencing.

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