Hook

Hook ★★★

B-

"Thank you for believing."

Pleasant enough. The sentimentality works for something this purely whimsical and technologically efficient (ex: the SFX, the set designs, the music, the playfulness), yet the reimagining of the source material grinds to a halt when it's not pursuing the unrealized potential of its (now subtextual) potency - via the sheer emotionality, and tragedy, of moving beyond the wondrousness of a past youth & turning into a world-weary cynic once any ounce/remembrance of magic fades away vs. Captain Hook's longing for that past. The first act and the closing sequence are the exemplary highpoints (both outside of Neverland).