The story of Peter Pan, created by JM Barrie in 1902 has had many film incarnations from Disney’s classic animated 1953 film to next year’s “Pan.” There’s just something about the tale of a boy who wouldn’t grow up. But 1991 gave us one of the weakest film versions of the Peter Pan saga.
why is “Hook” so bad?
There are several reasons, but the main one is because Robin Williams is Peter Pan.
I’ll say that again: Robin Williams is Peter Pan.
Seriously Steven Spielberg, I expect better casting from you.
Don’t get me wrong, Robin Williams is a comedy genius, but he is not Peter Pan. In “Hook” Robin Williams play a forty something Peter, who is now a businessman and piss-poor father to two kids. While the always great Maggie Smith plays a very old version Wendy.
I don’t know why Spielberg decided Wendy had to be that old, but this Wendy makes Aunt May look young, and this Wendy is even older than Maggie Smith looks now.
Captain Hook is played by Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman. This could have been one heck of a performance, but the weak script didn’t help Hoffman. Meanwhile Tinker Bell is played by Julia Roberts who was clearly just waiting for the check to clear.
The whole point of the movie is that Peter can’t remember a thing that happened before he was 12, but he seems fairly okay by that. Yet it seems Wendy and Hook can remember everything, so Hook kidnaps Mork’s two children to lure him back to Neverland for a rematch.
I’d tell you more, but by the time 60 or so orphans show up, I’d lost interest.
“Hook” must have had huge expectations when it was announced. After all, Steven Spielberg was at the top of his game, Robin Williams was then a bankable star and Dustin Hoffman was one of the greatest character actors in the business. “Hook”had all the ingredients to become one of the greatest children’s films of all time. So what the hell happened?
I honestly think Steven Spielberg phoned it in. Maybe not on purpose, but “Hook” just doesn’t look or feel like other Spielberg. Everything from the sets to the music, to they way its shot. Nothing in this movie says “Spielberg.”.
“Hook” is basically that movie Spielberg did before he went on to direct some of his best films. I think Steven Spielberg and “Hook” would have been better off had he just been a producer on the film.