Run time: 111 mins
Director: Joe Wright
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund
Synopsis: 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.
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From director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) comes Pan, an action-adventure feature presenting a wholly innovative account of the origins of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie.
Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage during the Blitz where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland. There, he experiences amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles, while trying to uncover the secret of his mother who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and the mystery of his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan.
Wright expertly directs Pan from a strong screenplay written by Jason Fuchs. Acting is uniformly good, with an almost unrecognisable Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables, The Wolverine) as Blackbeard; Garrett Hedlund (Inside Llewyn Davis) as James Hook; Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as Tiger Lily; newcomer Levi Miller as Peter; and Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables, Mamma Mia) as Mary.
Also in the ensemble cast are Adeel Akhtar (The Dictator) as Smee; Taejoo Na (The Kick) as Kwahu; Nonso Anozie (Son of God, Atonement) as Bishop; Kathy Burke (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as Mother Barnabas; Kurt Egyiawan (Skyfall) as Murray; Lewis MacDougall (UK TV’s In the Name of the Children) as Nibs; and Jack Charles (Mystery Road) as The Chief.
The film boasts visually stunning cinematography from Oscar-nominated Directors of Photography Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina, Atonement) and John Mathieson (The Phantom of the Opera, Gladiator) and an atmospheric music score by Oscar-nominated composer John Powell (How To Train Your Dragon), all of which combine to make this a fascinating and engrossing new take on a familiar story.
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