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|Laufzeit:||About 111 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
The story of Peter Pan, invented by author J. M. Barrie at the beginning of the 20th century, should be known to everyone. The boy, who never grows up and who fights the evil Captain Hook in faraway Neverland, has been adapted countless times for the stage or filmed for cinema and television. Often these were direct adaptations of Barrie's stories. But sometimes these film adaptations go their own way. So also the newest variant, which Joe Wright ("apology") brings into our cinemas. He tells the story of the orphan Peter (Levi Miller), who is kidnapped from the orphanage with other children in the midst of the turmoil of the Second World War and taken to magical Neverland. Here he shall work in dark faces for the evil pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). But then it turns out that Peter is a very special boy, who could become extremely dangerous for the pirate captain. With the adventure Hook (Garrett Hedlund) he manages to escape and together with the fighter Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) they go into battle against Blackbeard to free Neverland and the fairies once and for all from evil…
"Pan" is full of good and beautiful ideas. When Blackbeard's pirate ship in the skies over London is engaged in a wild chase with fighter planes, when Peter learns more about Neverland and its destiny in an imaginatively animated sequence, or when Peter and Hook flee Blackbeard's henchmen, then the film offers extremely high viewing values and a certain ingenuity. But unfortunately Wright tries to squeeze too many different ideas into his vision, which he has obviously borrowed from other movies. A little "Pirates of the Caribbean", a little "Indiana Jones", even a touch of "Mad Max" and "Avatar" are recognizable here. Even uninspired vocal interludes are not abandoned, even if they don't want to make sense. In themselves, many of the ideas, even if they may have been stolen from other films, are good and pretty to look at. But unfortunately Wright doesn't manage to bring them together in a harmonious way.
This results in a completely overloaded, inconsistent overall picture, which above all lacks one thing: Charm! The staging is too strategically oriented towards mass taste and thus completely loses sight of the emotional warmth that a Peter Pan story needs. In addition, the convulsive attempt to chum up as wide an audience as possible achieves exactly the opposite: for small children the adventure is too dark and overloaded, for adults too colourful and the humour too silly. Only children between 8 and 13 years could have fun at the first visit of Peter in Nimmerland. Unfortunately, Joe Wright didn't succeed in making a good family film, which should actually be "Pan".
Therefore, it doesn't help much that Hugh Jackman in particular, despite his silly outfits, shows an infectious joy of playing, which sometimes even makes you forget Garret Hedlund's extremely wooden game. The movie is a clear case of too much wanted and therefore not achieved enough. And there can only be one "worth seeing with a clear cut" at the end
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