Hook

Hook

Steven Spielberg's deeply flawed but sporadically fun and moving update of the Peter Pan legend stars Robin Williams as the grown-up Pan, a corporate-takeover type who must embrace his old identity in order to save his kids from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). The stars put on a good show, including Hoffman's read of Hook's hysterical personality, Julia Roberts mini-turn as a tiny Tinker Bell, and Maggie Smith's touching performance as the aged Wendy. The visual contrast between the adult Pan's bustling outside world and the insulated fantasy of Neverland is striking, but Spielberg's ideas about the Lost Boys--politically correct in their ethnic diversity, energetic on skateboards--are contrived and cheapening. On the plus side, the story's theme about adults finding their innocence again through their children is very touching (though some people have found it cloying). If you can look beyond the glaring problems, there's plenty to like here. --Tom Keogh

Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Production: TriStar Pictures
  Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
52
Rotten Tomatoes:
28%
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1991
142
13,169 Views

Wendy Darling:
Boy? Why are you crying?

Peter Pan:
[Getting up, from his position on the floor] What's your name?

Wendy Darling:
Wendy Moira Angela Darling... what's yours? [A young Wendy, is sat up, in her bed, a thin, white, flower patterned, bed quilt, is held in front of her by her left arm, her head is titled to it's left, and she is smiling]

Peter Banning:
[The window, to Wendy's bedroom, opens, with a gust of wind, as the voiceover continues] I came back many times for Wendy. Always in the spring. [a clip of Wendy, in her 20s; she calls "Peter!" as she turns to him and happily, smiles, closing her book. Wendy has a white ribbon tied in the back of her hair, it cascades down her back] And Wendy kept getting older [followed by another clip of Wendy in her 40s smiling at him, as she looks up and closes her book. Wendy is wearing a pair of small, white earrings, and a white shirt], and older [a clip of Wendy in her 70s, hair red. Young Peter places a hand on her shoulder] and then I came back... one last time.

Wendy:
Peter, I can't come with you. I've forgotten how to fly. [Wendy looks up and closes the book she is reading; Peter starts in horror] I'm old Peter. Ever so much more than twenty. [Wendy removes her glasses] I grew up a long time ago [Peter, moving to the window, protests with a cry of "No, no, no! You promised!"] I have children of my own now, and they have children of their own. That's my grandchild, Moira, asleep in the bed. [On the word "Moira" she smiles, and she and Peter look over at the sleeping girl.]

Peter Banning:
When I saw here lying there sleeping, that moment, something changed in me forever.

Peter Pan:
I shall give her a kiss.

Wendy:
No! No, Peter! No buttons! No thimbles! [Gets out of the chair, and takes Peter by the arm] I couldn't bear Moira's heart to be broken, when she finds she can't keep you.

Peter Pan:
[He sits on the side of Moira's bed, and looks down towards her] No. I mean... a real kiss [He leans in, and kisses Moira on the lips. Wendy anxiously looks on; Tink flies down to the window and looks in. Seeing Peter kisssing Moira, her light dims, her wings flatten behind her and she looks sad, as the thimble, which had been on Peter's finger, falls to the floor, spinning on the spot... forgotten. Peter Pan has grown up.]


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