CJ Probst’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film #19 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
Task 13/30: A Live Action Disney
Robin Williams as Pan, Bob Hoskins as Smee, Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Maggie Smith as Wendy and Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook. Are you kidding me? Talk about a Dream Team.
I don’t understand the quasi-poor reputation of this film in the slightest. It is so much damned fun and a wonderful children’s film. With great set pieces like the insult battle/food fight and the final child friendly pirate battle, I can’t imagine how any child could not love this film. It’s adorable.
For the adults, I actually thought it had a pretty smart concept of the grown-up, jaded Pan returning to a wilting Neverland. . Julia Robert’s Tink performance is actually ridiculously moving and I feel retarded admitting that. Her performance of that character was pretty tragic. The real show of course, is Hoffman and Hoskins. They steal every scene they are in which is a bit of a flaw because they are so great it’s hard to care about any scene they aren’t in together.
Sure the two child actors are kind of terrible and the little girl’s random musical number is out of place and awkward, but I feel the rest of the production is so well done those are easy mistakes to forgive. I guess Hook got a pretty shitty critical response at the time but I don’t get where they are coming from because this film needs to be re-evaluated. Compared to the shit they churn out in this genre these days, Hook is a masterpiece and if you don’t like it…well you’re at least in agreement with the guy who actually made it. As for me, I say go jump in a “Boo Box.”
Ugh, he made Crystal Skull and this is the one he regrets. Go figure.