Movie Recommendation- Peter Pan
PETER PAN (2003)
Many of us look back on our childhoods and wish that we could go back there; back to a time of innocence and happiness. But, of course, we know we can’t. The past’s unattainability is what makes it so damned appealing. What makes P.J. Hogan’s Peter Pan so fascinating is its exploration of the fact that, deep down, we adults know that, as fun as it is to reminisce about the confidence of youth, it is much better to be an adult. While we may have to deal with taxes and jobs and traffic and all the rest, we are still better able to understand our own emotions, rather than simply be controlled by them. Seen through the eyes of Wendy, Hogan’s exploration paints Pan as fun and exciting, but also exceedingly immature and frustrating, as children often are. We also see that Pan is also very alone and unable to love; at least, unable to really know what love is. This tragic truth layers on qualities to Peter Pan that we haven’t seen before. Beneath all the dazzle and merriment, Pan is every bit as lonely and miserable as Captain Hook. He just doesn’t know it.