‘Peter Pan & Wendy’ Review: A New Girl in Neverland

“Peter Pan and Wendy” is one case study of growing pains. many A nasty scene in Walt Disney’s 1953 animated adaptation of JM Barry’s Peter Pan novel. — aged as gracefully as the protagonist.

Filmmaker David Lowery chose to update it with his own fairy dust.

Seventy years ago, Wendy became the mother of the Lost Boys when Peter Pan took Wendy and her siblings to Neverland. Now Wendy, the persuasive Ever Her Anderson, adorns Peter Pan, Alexander Her Moloney, and helms her own story. “I don’t even know if I want to be her mother!” she protests.

Raleigh is a smart choice for a salvage attempt. He has a knack for exploring the haunted corners of familiar tales (“Pete’s Dragon,” “The Green Knight”) and a morbid respect for the passage of time. , hiding under bags under artificial eyes) are literally attacked by the ticking of a clock.

Having removed questionable, or simply questionable, themes, he and his co-author Toby Halbrooks have plenty of time left to fill. In addition, they add two lovely fantasies about aging: a montage in which Wendy savors her youth, and another in which she is impatient with the prospect of growing up.

The girl powers of the plot are the faint glimmers of a love triangle with cat mermaids, Tiger Lily (played here by Kree actress Alyssa Wappanatak), and the interesting things Tinkerbell (Yara Shahidi) once did. I mean almost everything. She tries to kill Wendy. Fairies are currently only given a camera trick — Tinkervision. The blurry, jerky perspective has its best moments when she flies through her blood splatter.

Lowry clearly likes the cartoon look. He and his cinematographer, Bojan Bazelli, used moody skies, striking shadows, his unexpected camera angles, and his palette of dark and beautiful colors that shimmer like cave jewels to create this film. pays tribute to Yet these well-meaning choices struggle to come together in a satisfying picture. Peter Pan comes across as a vermin, and as Wendy concludes the film’s thesis, “This magic isn’t for boys!”

By the time the shaggy pirate storms into the second frenzied sea shanty (homage to song composer Curtis Glenn Heath), our minds liken the Jolly Roger to the philosophical paradox of Theseus’ ship. start. Is it the real deal?

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Rated PG. Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes. Watch on Disney+.

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