Set sail on the high seas for a piratical adventure that is set to rival Indiana Jones and turn on its head all your preconceptions about Captain Hook being a baddie!
A team from It’s a Boy Thing was lucky enough to see the very first screening of Pan, a real-life adventure directed by Joe Wright – who made an appearance on stage before the screening.
Starting in London in World War 2, we meet Peter in a home for boys, run by nuns who are far from the Sisters of Mercy – Kathy Burke (best known for playing Harry Enfield’s sidekick Perry) plays the revoltingly greedy and loathsome Mother Barnabas.
He dreams of finding his mother, but when boys start disappearing from the home, he and his best friend set out to find out where they are going.
And that’s when he embarks on an amazing adventure with a band of pirates and finds his way for the very first time to Neverland – and it’s far from the magical island depicted in Disney’s much-loved animated version of the film.
It's a kind of magic
But unlike the other boys who have been taken to the island to work in the mines, Peter (Levi Miller) discovers he has a very special magical power – and when the pirates and the island’s natives discover who he is, there ensues a rip-roaring adventure to save Tinkerbell and the other fairies and defeat the evil pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman).
Along the way, Peter is aided by a very surprising ally! Hook is played up to full Indiana Jones-esque character by Garrett Hedlund.
Princess Tiger-Lily makes a big impact too; again, forget the doe-eyed Disney character – this girl has spunk – she’s a great fighter and does not suffer fools gladly. Great performance from Rooney Mara, who played Lisbeth Salander in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Pan is set to become an adventure classic – it will appear on our TVs at Christmas, and just like Indiana Jones, Peter Pan and Hook will become much-loved characters.
This is no sugar-coated film though – it’s pretty dark in places, and there’s some really scary scenes – the film has a PG certificate and depending on your child’s disposition, I think it is more suited to six and seven-year-olds than younger film-goers. Our 9-year-old viewers were enthralled from start to finish!
Pan is out in cinemas on October 16 - look out for special previews on October 10/11.
Find out to play special Minecraft mini-games on the Pan server!
Download the Pan activity book (19kB pdf)