Pan Review – Welcome to “Newerland”

Posted 2015/11/29 3433 0

Based on the classic tale of flying boy Peter Little Flying Eagle Pan, the 2015 movie of Warner Bros. has exploited the story from a new angle. It's not about the friendship with Wendy as usual, this time we will see the journey of 12-year-old Peter Pan since he is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily and a new friend named James Hook, Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard to save Neverland and discover his true destiny, to become the leader of the kids who never grow up. The cast is really remarkable with Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Rooney Mara, etc. But Pan 2015 could not make a big hit as it wishes.

Plot: Easy to understand, there is no strong message or subtext. The movie is the combination between action and adventure and that's the reason why it is suitable for kids.

Pictures: It is stunning! It’s a big-budgeted movie so no wonder they fly over half the globe to Vietnam to have the best scenes of Halong Bay, Trang An and Hang En. Breath taking scenes are obviously guaranteed. 

Visual effects: Extremely impressive! The scenes are just magnificent, majestic and immense. 3D effects are relatively voyeuristic. 

Cast performance: Levi Miller did good performance. As usual, Hugh Jackman performs stably. Others don’t impress the audience much though.

Sound and soundtrack: Sound is pretty good. The soundtrack employs the anachronistic tunes “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Blitzkrieg Bop”. 

This film has evidently been panned by the critics ever since before its initial wide release, and it's obvious why. Taking a beloved children's story and trying to create an all-new, live action prequel out of the source material almost never works. To sum up, although the plot is not too deep (so it's perfect for kids to watch), the psychology of the characters is quite blurred, Pan is still highly entertaining and if you're looking for a movie to watch with your family, it should be a good choice. There are a lot of stunning scenes and effects, it's full of flying boats, and many consider it as another Pandora of James Cameron.  

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