Hook ★★★★

Film #2 of my April 2016 Challenge
Task #30: A Spielberg film you're willing to give a second chance

You know what, I've seen Hook for a second time, and guess what, it's awesome. I've said it! This film does not deserve to be hailed as Spielberg's all-time worst. Sure it has a couple of narrative problems, some of the child actors in this are atrocious (like the girl Maggie, though Dante Basco as Rubio freakin kills in in every scene), and Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell is one of cinema's biggest miscasts, but aside from those flaws, Hook takes an intriguing premise about a grown-up Peter Pan (who literally forgets about having fun) returning to Never Land to rescue his kids from Hook and, with Spielberg's consistent direction and a severely underrated John Williams score, it's another fun time at the movies for families of all-ages. The sentimental family moral is superb, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Smith, and Bob Hoskins truly embody their roles, Never Land is visually wonderful, and the flying effects still hold up pretty well. I honestly don't understand why this was given crap in 1991. It's far better than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and War Horse (still found them decent movies overall).

"You're a... you're a complex Freudian hallucination having something to do with my mother and I don't know why you have wings, but you have very lovely legs and you're a very nice tiny person and what am I saying, I don't know who my mother was; I'm an orphan and I've never taken drugs because I missed the sixties, I was an accountant."


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