Might just Hook you

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re­leased 21 March 2015 | PG | DVD/ down­load

Di­rec­tor Diar­muid Lawrence

Cast Stan­ley Tucci, Hazel Doupe,

Laura Fraser, Ras­mus Hardiker

“Tin­ker Bell’s such a to­tal bitch,” says one of the kids in this mod­ern- day up­date of JM Bar­rie’s clas­sic tale. It’s just one ex­am­ple of how the mak­ers of this adap­ta­tion, which aired on ITV on Box­ing Day, wanted it to feel as “now” as pos­si­ble – along­side cast­ing Paloma Faith as Tin­ker Bell, en­sur­ing Peter Pan looks as though he’s au­di­tion­ing for a teenage boy­band, and hav­ing a char­ac­ter com­pare Cap­tain Hook to Cap­tain Jack Spar­row. The weird thing is... it ac­tu­ally works.

The film’s set in­side Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal – the or­gan­i­sa­tion Bar­rie left the rights of his most fa­mous book to – and the poorly chil­dren con­tained in one ward end up be­ing the stars of a trip to Nev­er­land, as Lucy ( Hazel Doupe), a girl about to have heart surgery, reads the book aloud to her fel­low pa­tients be­fore tak­ing on the role of Wendy in the story.

The kids aren’t bad ac­tors, the di­a­logue flows nat­u­rally, the hos­pi­tal set­ting is poignant, and the pres­ence of Stan­ley Tucci as the big­wig sur­geon about to save Lucy’s life adds star power. And then Tucci dons a real big wig to play Hook in the al­ter­nate ver­sion of the tale and boy, does he have fun. Which means we do, too.

Sure, it drags a lit­tle in the middle. Tiger Lily seems like an af­ter­thought – al­though she al­ways did. The mu­sic is so generic you can al­most hum it be­fore you hear it. And Peter him­self isn’t that in­ter­est­ing. How­ever, Doupe does a crack­ing job in both her roles – and the way the film blends a real- life mod­ern hos­pi­tal with Nev­er­land is of­ten in­ge­nious. Pan might have had all the Hol­ly­wood bucks splashed on it, but Peter And Wendy has all the heart.

Ex­tras A brief Mak­ing Of and “Learn­ing To Fly” fea­turette ( 10 min­utes). Jayne Nelson

Boy, does Stan­ley Tucci have fun as Hook

The first per­son to play the role of Peter Pan was ac­tress Nina Bouci­cault, in a 1904 stage pro­duc­tion. She was 37 at the time!

Trou­ble is, their favourite bar had a “no hats” pol­icy.

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