A flash in the Pan?

The story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny – to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

To date, nobody has really delivered the perfect movie adaptation of Peter Pan. There have been quite a few adaptations that have done a lot of things right, but no single Peter Pan film has been great across the board. And it’s not difficult to see why it’s so tough. Peter Pan is some pretty flawed source material, and one of the most famous subplots involves saving a Native American stereotype. All of that to say that I didn’t have high hopes for Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel movie, simply titled Pan…until I saw the trailer. And y’know, it looks pretty good. The Indians (because in Peter Pan they’re not Native Americans, they’re Indians) seem to have been turned into Generic Tribespeople or possibly Burning Man Attendees, and there’s a good dose of swashbuckling throughout. I dunno, my expectations are still pretty low, so it’s conceivable that I’ll actually really like this. Only time will tell.

Pan comes out July 17, 2015.

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