Movie Review: Peter Pan (2003)

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Peter Pan (2003) Summary

In 1904, in the nursery of the Darling household located in London, England, Wendy Darling tells stories of Peter Pan to her younger brothers John and Michael before their Aunt Millicent’s arrival. Judging Wendy to be an “almost” full-grown woman, Aunt Millicent advises Mr. and Mrs. Darling that Wendy should be given her own bedroom.
At school, Wendy is caught by her teacher, daydreaming with a drawing she made after supposedly seeing Peter in the night. The school sends a letter about this to Wendy’s father at the bank.

In an attempt to stop the messenger boy from delivering the letter with the help of the family’s nurse dog Nana, Wendy embarrasses her father in front of his superiors. As punishment, Mr. Darling chains Nana outside and declares that it is time for Wendy to grow up and have a room of her own.

Peter visits the nursery looking for his shadow, which Nana had bitten off during his previous visit. He introduces himself to Wendy, who sews his shadow back on. Peter invites her and her brothers to Neverland where Wendy can tell stories to his gang of Lost Boys.

They agree and are taught to fly using Tinker Bell’s fairy dust. Nana breaks free from her chain and leads Mr. and Mrs. Darling back home from a party, but they arrive too late to stop the children flying away.
Captain Hook and his crew are alerted to Peter’s return and fire their cannons, knocking Wendy far away and causing Michael and John to fall towards the island. Jealous of Wendy’s presence, Tinker Bell tricks the Lost Boys into shooting Wendy with arrows as she is falling from the sky.

To their relief, Wendy survives as the arrow hits her acorn necklace. However, Peter banishes Tinker Bell and ends their friendship.

Wendy awakens and agrees to be the Lost Boys’ mother. They lead her to their hideout, but realize her brothers are missing. Michael and John encounter the Native American princess Tiger Lily and all three are then captured by Hook and his crew, and taken to the Black Castle.
Peter and Hook engage in a duel, but it is stopped when the ticking crocodile arrives and tries to eat Hook, allowing the children to all escape. After a celebration at the Native American camp, Peter shows Wendy the fairies’ home and the two share a dance.

Hook spies on the two and charms Tinker Bell, still hurt over her banishment. Peter becomes upset with Wendy after she tries to get him to express his feelings. He tells her to leave, refusing to believe that he can ever love and grow up.

Tinker Bell leads Hook’s men to Wendy’s makeshift “house” and they carry Wendy to his ship. There, he tries to entice her to become a pirate, but sends a spy to follow her to the Lost Boys’ underground hideout afterwards.

Wendy persuades her brothers to return home and are joined by the Lost Boys. Later, she leaves an upset Peter a cup of “medicine”.

Wendy exits the hideout only to be ambushed and captured by Hook’s crew. Hook enters the hideout and poisons Peter’s medicine. However, Tinker Bell intervenes, drinking the poison instead, and succumbs to it. Peter asserts his belief in fairies, which reaches out to residents of London, bringing Tinker Bell back to life.
Peter and Tinker Bell save Wendy and the boys from walking the plank by the pirates and a battle soon breaks out. Hook uses fairy dust to fight Peter in a duel while flying and taunts him about Wendy abandoning him and forgetting all about him when she grows up.

Weakened by those thoughts and unable to fight, Peter Pan is incapacitated. A kiss from Wendy revives Peter and he finally defeats Hook, who falls into the jaws of the crocodile.

With the ship covered in fairy dust, Peter flies Wendy and the boys back to London. Mr. and Mrs. Darling are overjoyed at the return of their children, and adopt the Lost Boys.
Slightly, who got lost on the way to London and arrives at the house too late, is adopted by Aunt Millicent. Peter promises never to forget Wendy and to return some day before heading back to Neverland with Tinker Bell.

Wendy, as the adult narrator, claims she never saw Peter again, but she continues to tell his story to her own children and grandchildren so that his legacy will last forever.

Peter Pan (2003) Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

While it is not Disney, this version of Peter Pan is the absolute best. It not only brings more emotional development into certain characters like Tinker Bell, the magic in this film in phenomenal. Just watching the behind the scenes, you would never know that the whole set was built by hand inside. One of the few movies I absolutely praise. Well worth watching, not matter the age and a great example to use for a film class.

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