My reaction to Pan: Wonderful, it has the magic one longs for in a film. Pan and the like are the reason I go to the theater. The movie has the ability to transport one to a mystical world, one with fantastical scenery, fanciful costumes and adventure.
A tale of bravery, danger, promise and liberation from the tyrannical ruler Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and his quest for immortality. Pan is orphaned, sold into slavery, then flung from a plank, only to fly and cement his destiny. The actors were cast perfectly: Hugh Jackman (Blackbeard) a bit of whimsy suits him; Levi Miller (Pan) a little mischievous, with a face of an angel; Rooney Mara (Tiger Lily), a beautiful wild look to pair with a strong personality; Garrett Hedlund (Captain Hook) just might be the “charmer” in real life he was in the film, or he just did a really good job playing his role.
From a child’s point of view: My toddler sat with her food quietly until she thought it important to mention that Captain Hook and Tiger Lily were in love and that she needed to “experience” Tiger Lily’s make-up. All and all, she seamed more thrilled to see this film than any other in a long time. It sparked excitement in her and revitalized her imagination and wonder in the world. When the lights came on, she exclaimed, “What are we going to do the rest of the day, the best day ever. We need make-up, we need to play.”
My final thoughts: A movie I wouldn’t mind if my kids made me watch everyday! This time the two of us are on the same team, she liked it just as much! I think Captain Hook said it the best, “The boy can fly, it’s terrific!” (No notes, just memory, maybe paraphrasing.)
I am not a movie reviewer, a film buff, or well versed in cinema history. You do not want to read my movie reviews if you want a play-by-play of the technical insights of the cinematic experience or a smart rant by a “film snob.” I am, however, a mother of two very small children: a baby and a toddler. My children have seen every kids movie in the theaters since their birth. They love going to the theater, and my toddler always offers up her own review after. Not only will my reviews briefly discuss my feelings, but also my children’s reaction to the movie. These reviews may have a lot more to do with a child’s point of view than many others. Many times I have a very different reaction than my children. I am also usually alone, taking my children to the movies. I do not have a pen and paper, writing down my analysis as I watch. I experience the movie with a baby on my lap, a toddler seated next to me, doling out snacks, water and hugs as I watch.