Everything Wrong With Hook


With a new adaptation of Peter Pan out in cinemas this weekend, Cinema Sins cast their eye over Steven Spielberg’s 90s flop Hook.

Full disclosure, I really like Hook and would go as far to say it is Spielberg’s most underrated family movie and deserves a second look. By no means Spielberg’s best work, Hook is nowhere near the disaster that some critics would have you believe. As the peeps at Cinemas Sins have shown us, no movie is without sin and Hook is no exception. To me, the mark of a good film is one that you can look through its faults and still love for what it is. While I fully accept that Hook has its fair share of narrative issues, it will take more than 18 minutes of keenly observed sins for me to love Hook any less.

Joe Wright’s Pan is previewing in UK cinemas this weekend ahead of its nationwide release on October 16.

From director Joe Wright comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund as James Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as Tiger Lily; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried as Mary.

Peter is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter 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 hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.

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