Hook ★★★

JMN's Berg-A-Thon
Day #14 - Hook (1991)

"I've just had an apostrophe!"
"I think you mean an epiphany."

It's appropriate that Hook begins with a stage production of Peter Pan, because aside from a few fleeting moments of consequence, the drama that unfolds boasts all the verisimilitude of your average pantomime. From the ludicrous art direction to the overly-picturesque London, the production almost feels like it was carried out by a Spielberg-wannabe, rather than the real thing.

That's not to say that Hook is intolerable drivel, though some may go as far as to call it that. The premise itself is quite novel (if a little fanfiction-y), John Williams enhances every scene he scores, and the actors give reasonably assiduous performances - forget Hoffman's Hook, Bob Hoskins as Smee is an unequivocal highlight.

So yeah, I clearly don't have the lingering nostalgia for Hook that many 90's kids do. But then again, I don't have any seething contempt or disdain for it either. It's just an inoffensively lacklustre effort from a director who I know can do a lot better. Bring on the dinosaurs!

Spielbergian Trademark Checklist:

Most noticeablely when the Banning family enter the Darling house.

Reflection shots?
Jack smashing the clocks.

Glowing lights?
Any time Tinkerbell is onscreen. Also seen when Hook kidnaps the children.

Awestruck faces?
The Lost Boys provide lots of these.

Daddy issues?
In Peter, we've got another inattentive father figure who needs to redeem himself. I'm sensing a pattern.

John Williams score?
Light and lively, but with some significant junctures, it generally plays like a thematic precursor to his Harry Potter soundtracks.

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