Peter Pan takes a new twist

Ayla Lake and Emillio Velasquez

Pan is a 2015 American fantasy film directed by Joe Wright and written by Jason Fuchs.

The film serves as a prequel to Peter and Wendy from Scottish author J. M. Barrie, which was first staged in 1904, and focuses on an alternative origin story for Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

It stars Hugh Jackman as a fictionalized version of Blackbeard, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Garrett Hedlund films include Friday Night Lights (2004), Troy (2004), Four Brothers (2005), Eragon (2006), Country Strong (2010), Tron: Legacy (2010), On the Road (2012), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Unbroken (2014), Pan (2015), Mudbound (2017), and Triple Frontier (2019).

Pan’s world premiere was held in London on September 20, 2015, and it was theatrically released in the United States on October 9, 2015, by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Pan was a box office bomb: it grossed $128.4 million against a production budget of $150 million, resulting in a significant loss for the studio. The film was received negatively by critics, with criticism calling the plot formulaic and the action heavily-reliant on CGI, as well as the casting of white actress Rooney Mara as American Indian character Tiger Lily.

The plot is very unique involving fairy, magic, and pirate.

It starts when Newborn Peter pan who plays as Levi Miller, is left on the steps of a 1920’s London orphanage with a mysterious pan flute pendant by his mother Mary.

Years later during World War II, upon learning that the abusive Mother Barnabas is hoarding food for herself, Peter and his best friend Nibs who is played by Lewis MacDougall, are caught trying to steal the food for the orphans.

In the process, they find a letter written to Peter by his mother, declaring her love and assuring him they will meet again “in this world or another”.

Mother Barnabas summons pirates who kidnap Peter, Nibs and several other orphans.

Nibs manages to escape, but Peter is taken aboard a flying pirate ship. Following an aerial battle with several Spitfires, the ship reaches Neverland, where the children are forced to mine for Pixum which is crystallized Fairy Dust, for the pirate Blackbeard who is played by Hugh Jackman, who uses the substance to prevent himself from aging.

Peter meets another miner, James Hook who is played by Garrett Hedlund. After insulting Blackbeard’s men, Peter is forced to walk the plank over the deep mine but survives by flying.

Blackbeard tells Peter about the Indian tribe’s prophecy of a flying boy who would lead an uprising to kill him, but Peter refuses to believe in “bedtime stories”.

Peter joins Hook and his accomplice Smee who is played by Adeel Akhtar to find the most savage that have been vandalizing the mined’s.

They are found by the Indian chief’s daughter Tiger Lily who is played by Rooney Mara and nearly executed, but Chief Great Little Panther who is played by Jack Charles notices Peter’s pendant, which is said to belong to their people’s greatest hero, the legendary Pan.

Using the Memory Tree, Lily tells Peter that many years ago, when the Indians and fairies united against the pirates, the Fairy Prince and Mary, the love of Blackbeard’s life, fell in love.

When Blackbeard discovered them, the Prince took human form and sacrificed himself to rescue Mary, as fairies can live as humans for only one day.

Mary was forced to hide their son Peter in the other world and seek shelter in the Fairy Kingdom.

As half-fairy, Peter has the ability to fly but is unable to do so because of his lack of faith.

Fearful of Blackbeard, Smee betrays the Indians’ location, and in the ensuing battle Chief Great Little Panther is shot by Blackbeard, who reveals that he killed Mary.

Peter is hurt to learn that Lily lied to him that his mother was still alive, but she explains that he would have walked away from his destiny if he knew the truth.

Peter, Hook, and Lily escape in a raft to enlist the help of the Fairy Kingdom. They are attacked by a giant crocodile and Peter is nearly eaten before being rescued by the mermaids.

Lily shows Peter a vision of Blackbeard accidentally killing Mary as she defended the Fairy Kingdom, revealing she was a great warrior who trained Lily herself.

Hook leaves on an abandoned ship to find a home while Peter and Lily arrive at the Fairy Kingdom, only to be ambushed by Blackbeard.

Planning to use the fairies’ vast amount of Pixum to live forever, Blackbeard takes Peter’s pendant, the key to the Fairy Kingdom, and opens their gates, launching an attack.

Peter escapes and meets a fairy named Tinker Bell. Hook returns and fights Blackbeard’s right-hand man Bishop who is played by Nonso Anozie, while Lily duels Blackbeard, and the ship tips over, sending Hook and Bishop plummeting.

Peter conquers his fears and flies to save Hook, then rallies the fairies against the pirates as Peter saves Lily.

Blackbeard and his men are forced into an abyss to their deaths, with only Smee having fled.

Peter sees a vision of Mary, who reaffirms him to be Neverland’s savior Peter Pan.

Peter Pan has always been one of my favorite childhood movies and always will, being able to find a reason that peter can fly made this movie a top rate, 10/10 I say.