Pan Review: Do Bad Reviews Mean Pan Is Just Another Hook?

Pan Review: Do Bad Reviews Mean Pan Is Just Another Hook?

Pan opens in theaters today (October 9) and by the sound of the reviews, it doesn’t look good for the Joe Wright directed prequel. Could this highly publicized film starring Hugh Jackman, die the same death as Spielberg’s 1991 Peter Pan movie ‘Hook’? Critics have us thinking it may do just that.

It’s been 24 years since Steven Spielberg tried his hand at bringing a new version of the Neverland story to the big screen. Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith filled the lead roles and yet still the film was considered a box office failure. Unlike 2015’s ‘Pan’, which takes a look at “how” Peter became the flying boy who never grows up – ‘Hook’ took the approach of wondering what it would be like if he actually did; grow up.

One important point to make here, is that what critics say and what moviegoers do sometimes are worlds apart. Although ‘Hook’ received low scoring reviews, it still went on to make over 300 million worldwide. Ask anyone from that era what they think of the Speilberg adaptation and you’ll usually get a positive response. Parents today enjoy sitting down there young children and introducing them to the film.

Joe Wright’s ‘Pan’ is up against a strong headwind of bad reviews, going into today’s opening weekend. Will those negative reviews keep moviegoers from buying tickets? Probably not in its first week – the Peter Pan story is just to iconic for that to happen; people are going to want to judge it for themselves. That kind of response could see it becoming number one in its opening week, in spite of those low scores.

So what did the critics have to say about Pan? Check out the ‘Pan’ reviews below and see for yourself.

Variety: “Stripping all whimsy and wonder from the Peter Pan story, Joe Wright’s prequel is a busy, bungled bust.”

New York Times: “The dominant emotion in “Pan” is the desperation of the filmmakers, who frantically try to pander to a young audience they don’t seem to respect, understand or trust.”

Chicago Tribune: “a lot of lousy ideas crammed into the first 30 minutes. The whole movie’s like that. You walk out of “Pan” feeling flattened, and bummed out.”

Mashable: “Look, this movie is resolutely awful to the core, to the point of being groundbreaking — to miss it would be to miss one of the great cinematic debacles of our time.”

Rotten Tomatoes: 27% “…rushed plot and shrill, CGI-fueled action.”

Parade: “…bombastic bit of backstory feels like an over-crammed, tossed-around piece of movie baggage.”

Forbes: “the characters are poorly conceived, and the whole thing feels like a “let’s take a classic story and turn it into a generic action blockbuster origin story.”

Now we know what the critics have to say about the film, it will be interesting to see how moviegoers react now that it’s reached opening day.

Being both a fan of the Peter Pan story, and having a positive (nostalgic) look back on Spielberg’s ‘Hook’, I’m up for giving the Warner Bros. ‘Pan’ a try. Remembering how far off critics were on the Summer hit Jurassic World, I’m not willing to relinquish my movie choices just yet.

Maybe you should do the same?

Check out the ‘Pan’ trailer below:

The film stars Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as James Hook; Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) as Tiger Lily; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried (“Les Misérables”) as Mary.

PAN is in theaters October 9th, 2015.

PAN Official Site

Photo: ©2015 Warner Bros. Pictures

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