Peter Banning (Robin Williams) is a successful corporate lawyer whose relationship with his family, especially his two young children Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott) is strained by continuous absences and broken promises. His wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) struggles to keep them together and grows frustrated at Peter for his callous behavior. The family flies to London to visit Moira’s grandmother, Wendy Darling (Maggie Smith), who helped Peter find a family when he was a young orphan.
Upon arrival, they meet an old man who has “lost his marbles”, Toodles (Arthur Malet), Wendy’s first orphan. Peter, Moira, and Wendy attend a ceremony for the expansion of Wendy’s orphanage. While they are out, Hook kidnaps the children, leaving a signed note. Wendy tells Peter that he is in fact Peter Pan and that his old enemy has returned and taken his children for revenge, but he fails to remember anything.
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
What should've been one of the 'Berg's purest films is instead a disappointment. While he obviously excels in the moments of child wonder, Spielberg consistently fails to explore the thematics that enriched many of his other "immature" films (the masterful Indy series for instance). His form is, as always, truly tremendous, but this is an aimless film.
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