Spielberg sought to revive the "Peter Pan" tale and its childlike sense of wonderment for a new generation, and, aided by one of John Williams' most rousing scores, he very nearly succeeded. I find the first act of this film to be faultless. It's only the latter half of "Hook" that gives way to the 'extreme! 90's kids' portrayal of the Lost Boys that the movie has been endlessly derided for. Underrated to this day.
In a many-way tie for Spielberg's very worst film. A hideously miscast Dustin Hoffman, a desperately irritating Robin Williams, and the most annoying child actress since Bonnie Blue Butler (she even gets a song!). Stagy, setbound, bloated and dreadful. Life is too short to waste on shit like this.
Loved this movie as a kid and watched it recently...and guess what, I still like it! I don't understand why a lot of people hate this movie, it's imaginative and just plain fun. What's wrong with good old fashioned fun, people?
Even though it has some of Spielberg's worst traits as a blockbuster director on display, I actually have some nostalgia for this movie, and the casting was really good, especially Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, and Bob Hoskins.
Spielberg on auto-pilot. Here he takes too long establishing the predictable plot and obvious "father needs to remember his own kids and imagination" storyline, but the sets look marvelous and it has beautiful matte paintings that look like my childhood's Neverland (especially stuff from the animated version).
I definitely preferred this as a kid, but it's still pretty enjoyable watch now, yes the fight scenes are playfully Kiddie friendly, but it's still pretty fun to watch. Soundtrack seems well made too, though it never rang too much when I saw it as a kid. Phil Collins even has a cameo that I never knew of