Premise: After Captain Hook kidnaps adult Peter Pan’s children, Peter must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%
As a beloved family film, Hook explores what happens AFTER Peter grows up, asking what it means to be a father and how you can rediscover your lost inner child. Of course, most of us would probably swap with Peter stay in this magical world, but that’s mostly because it has mermaids.
When you get right down to it, Hook is a creative, family film that puts the best of Williams on display front and center as Peter Banning (Pan’s adopted last name). Williams shines throughout, but hokey graphics and an overly simplistic plot keeps Hook as a fun, yet shallow, kid-friendly movie, rather than cinematic greatness.
Yet when you drop the nostalgia, Hook leaves you wondering how much more could have been done with the subject matter. Williams is warm, inspiring, and endlessly fun as Peter, but his character could use more depth, as could his family, his relationship with the Lost Boys, and all of Neverland.
There are plenty of fun cameos, and there are some key moments (the food fight, sword fights, emotional beats) that hit home. But if your nostalgia doesn’t kick in, you’ll probably find yourself on your own cell phone, just like Peter Banning.
Our final assessment? After all the negatives we can find, we still both just love Hook. It’s not perfect, but it takes us to our own internal Neverland, where we can be kids again. Oh, and we want more Rufio!
Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.