Presented by / 10/15/2015 / No comments / , , , , , ,

A BELATED REVIEW OF PAN

year: 2015
A sort of PETER POTTER AND THE NEFARIOUS ORPHANAGE, with an impressive big budget fantastical aesthetic and evil nuns who run the place like hell as we're taken back to dark, ominous air raid England during World War II with our main character, a young urchin named Peter who, starting out, is normal as can be... just more curious than the other kids, all basically prisoners.

During the buildup at the orphanage, there's a mysterious fleshing-out of character and location, followed with a gust of special effects catapulted by a flying pirate ship, which looks pretty darn cool. Then something happens that epitomizes "Jumping the Shark"...

But first off, let's note that Hugh Jackman, the heartthrob actor hired to fill theater seats, is almost unrecognizable, resembling a cross between Max von Sydow's FLASH GORDON heavy Ming the Merciless and the legendary vampire Nosferatu. Any "shallow" Hugh fans will be more into Garrett Hedlund's dashing Hook, who helps set Peter free within this immense exterior purgatory called, you got it, Neverland.

Good song in a "stupid and contagious" scene
Now back to what almost ruins the entire picture: occurring as soon as Jackman's Blackbeard first shows himself to the mass of followers aboard and below his ship while all singing the lyrics to Nirvana's grunge anthem "Smells Like Teen Spirit"... no joke, this really happens... killing the legitimacy of the previous scene's 1940's vibe while thwarting any notion we're now in a far away place with rules and culture all its own (The Ramones are also included on the bizarre set-list).

If you can survive modern rock lyrics replacing a deeper monologue that would/could have cemented Blackbeard as a more worthy antagonistic presence, the movie does improve as Peter, aided by the young handsome Hook along with Rooney Mara's lovely ingenue Tiger Lily and comic relief Smiegel, realizes he, as a possibly legitimate Pan, has the (initially clumsy) gift of flight: and might be the "chosen one" to defeat our villain, who's simply not around enough to matter.

Just like the innocent little boy turned gallantly romantic if slightly bratty teenage Anikan Skywalker from the STAR WARS prequels didn't work to logically morph a present hero into a future tyrant, the cool, suave and helpful Han Solo style Hook is much too likable for his inevitably wicked (unseen) turnout: Making the entire PAN experience rely on merely starting a franchise ball rolling that, as a vehicle on its own, gathers more moss than potential for any sort of continuation. But still, the movie does flow, exceeding Steven Spielberg's HOOK by leaps and bounds: In fact, Dustin Hoffman singing, say, a GUNS N' ROSES tune, might have actually helped that turkey.

RATING: **1/2
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE

CINEMA BY JAMES M. TATE
From Film Noir to Exploitation: Grinding Facts, Theories & Opinions into Every Writeup

UPCOMING SPOTLIGHTS ON

UPCOMING SPOTLIGHTS ON
Dana Andrews, Tom Courtenay, Anthony Mann, Merry Anders, Liz Taylor, Jacques Tourneaur, Victor Mature, James Stewart & Maury Dexter

RARE OBSCURE CULT CURIOS

RARE OBSCURE CULT CURIOS
Bootleg Imports from Sue Lyon to Reb Brown

LE FILM SOMBRE TOUJOURS

LE FILM SOMBRE TOUJOURS
With Film Noir & Neo Noir & Pulp Adventure

NEW AND RECENT REVIEWS

NEW AND RECENT REVIEWS
Cult and Current & Retro and Relevant

SITE INFORMATION COCKPIT

SITE INFORMATION COCKPIT
Random Quote: "What a story... Everything but the bloodhounds snapping at her rearend." Thelma Ritter, All About Eve

RADICAL EIGHTIES CINEMA

RADICAL EIGHTIES CINEMA
This Site Run by a Child of the Eighties

FLICKS FROM THE SEVENTIES

FLICKS FROM THE SEVENTIES
The Disco & Exploitation & Car Chase Era

FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

Blog Archive

CLICK FOR TV REVIEWS

CLICK FOR TV REVIEWS
Columbo to Cable to Television Movies

ODD ENDS & MOVIE LISTS

ODD ENDS & MOVIE LISTS
Connecting All Things Into Film Pop Culture

TALES FROM THE INSIDE

TALES FROM THE INSIDE
Written Interviews with Actors & Actresses

ACTION & EXPLOITATION

ACTION & EXPLOITATION
Have a Killer Drink on the Straw Dogs

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE
Dana Andrews is our patron saint: a leading man, also a character actor, who ruled many genres including Film Noir, Westerns, War and low-budget Science Fiction: His input has changed this site, bringing many directors and actresses into the mix along with him

DANA ANDREWS ZONE

Popular This Month

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE

CULTFILMFREAK WORDPRESS

CULTFILMFREAK WORDPRESS
InteReviews by Cult Film Freak on WordPress

THE SHORTLIST

 photo Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 1.15.27 AM_zps1hlh418t.jpg
FAV FILMS
1)THE MAN
FROM
LARAMIE
2)JAWS
3)LAURA
4)VIOLENT
SATURDAY
5)CANYON
PASSAGE
6)ANATOMY
OF A
MURDER
7)THE BEST
YEARS OF
OUR LIVES
8)THE
FEARMAKERS
9)LAWRENCE
OF ARABIA
10)DOCTOR
ZHIVAGO

FAV FILM NOIR
FOLLOWING
THOSE ON THE
LIST UP ABOVE
1)FALLEN ANGEL
2)THE BIG HEAT
3)WHERE THE
SIDEWALK ENDS
4)JOURNEY
INTO FEAR
5)SUNSET
BOULEVARD

GUMSHOE NOIR
1)MURDER MY
SWEET
2)KISS ME
DEADLY
3)CHINATOWN
4)THE LONG
GOODBYE
5)MALTESE
FALCON
MAFIA GANGSTER
1)GODFATHER II
2)GOODFELLAS
3)GODFATHER
4)ROARING
TWENTIES
5)AL CAPONE
 photo Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 8.56.31 PM_zpsjgmevf2p.png
FAVORITE ACTORS
1)DANA ANDREWS
2)JAMES CAGNEY
3)GENE HACKMAN
4)MARLON BRANDO
5)ORSON WELLES
6)PETER O'TOOLE
CULT ACTORS
1)CHARLES
BRONSON
2)TOM
COURTENAY
3)VICTOR
MATURE
4)MALCOLM
MCDOWELL
5)LAWRENCE
TIERNEY
6)TIMOTHY
CAREY

FAVORITE DIRECTORS
1)RICHARD FLEISCHER
2)JACQUES TOURNEUR
3)STANLEY KUBRICK
4)OTTO PREMINGER
5)ORSON WELLES
6)DAVID LEAN
7)ALFRED
HITCHCOCK
8)JOHN LANDIS
9)SAM PECKINPAH
10)MICHAEL WINNER
 photo Screen Shot 2016-10-23 at 3.23.42 PM_zpsyuy1j9jz.png

CULT FLICKS

1)THE
CROWDED SKY
2)CURSE OF
THE DEMON
3)CORVETTE
SUMMER
4)HOT CARS
5)THE ONLY
GAME IN
TOWN
6)AIR
PATROL
7)THE
DRIVER
8)ASH
WEDNESDAY
9)KING
OF THE
MOUNTAIN
10)OTLEY

ALTERNATIVE
FAVORITES
1)STRAW DOGS
2)HARDCORE
3)BIG WEDNESDAY
4)RAIDERS OF THE
LOST ARK
5)FIVE EASY PIECES
6)AMERICAN GRAFFITI
7)FORCE TEN FROM
NAVARONE
8)LONELINESS OF
THE LONG
DISTANCE RUNNER
9)SON OF KONG
10)THE LONG
GOODBYE
 photo b6a45638-5e52-4f65-83fd-b59c26876d7d_zpswlpcjfw4.png

All Time Popular

CLICK FOR CLASSICS

CLICK FOR CLASSICS
Vintage Movies & Shows to Drink to

REVIEWS FROM 2011-2013

REVIEWS FROM 2011-2013
Motion Pictures that were Recently New

Blogs of Interest

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE

THANK YOU FOR CRUISING BY

THANK YOU FOR CRUISING BY
This website is a labor of love, and more labor is put into it than one might think, while the payoff isn't that great and there's often lazy bouts where watching movies is far easier than reviewing them, but Cult Film Freaks Dot Com will always move onward, unlike many other blogs, and won't ever go away...