Monday, 14 September 2015

Hook Review


Release Date: 26th March 1992 - Australia

Production Companies
TriStar Pictures
Amblin Entertainment 

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Fantasy/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 136 minutes

Budget: $70,000,000

Box Office Gross: $300,854,823

Plot Summary
When Captain Hook kidnaps
the children of a grown-up
Peter Pan in order to renew
his feud and exact his
revenge on Peter Pan for
the loss of his hand, Peter
must travel back to Never
Land with Tinkerbell. With
the help of the lost Boys,
he must remember what it
was to be Peter Pan again
in hopes of saving his
children from the clutches
of Hook.

Dustin Hoffman - Captain Hook
Robin Williams - Peter Banning
Julia Roberts - Tinker Bell
Bob Hoskins - Mr. Smee
Maggie Smith - Granny Wendy
Caroline Goodall - Moira Banning
Charlie Korsmo - Jack Banning
Amber Scott - Maggie Banning
Laurel Cronin - Liza
Phil Collins - Inspector Good
Arthur Malet - Toodles
Isaiah Robinson - Pockets
Jasen Fisher - Ace
Dante Basco - Rufio
Rasuhan Hammond - Thud Butt
James Madio - Don't Ask
Thomas Tulak - Too Small
Alex Zuckerman - Latchboy
Max Hoffman - 5 Year Old Peter Pan
Ryan Francis - Young Peter Pan
Lisa Wilhoit - Young Tinker Bell
Gwyneth Paltrow - Young Wendy

Director - Steven Spielberg
Based on the Stageplay and 
Book Series "Peter Pan" - 
J.M. Barrie
Producer - Jim V. Hart
Story - Nick Castle 
Associate Producer/
Screenplay - Malia Stotch Marmo
Producers - Kathleen Kennedy
and Frank Marshall
Unit Production Manager/
Producer - Gerald R. Molen 
Production Designer - Norman Garwood
Choreographer - Vince Paterson
Costume Designer - Anthony Powell
Special Makeup Creator - Greg Cannon
Director of Photography - Dean Cundey
Action Choreographer/Stunt 
Coordinator - Gary Hymes
Special Effects Supervisor - Michael Lantieri
Visual Consultant - John Napier 
Visual Effects Supervisor - Eric Brevig
Film Editor - Michael Kahn
Music - John Williams


1992 Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - Norman Garwood and
Garrett Lewis (Nominated)
Best Costume Design - Anthony Powell (Nominated)
Best Visual Effects - Eric Brevig, Harley Jessup,
Mark Sullivan and Michael Lantieri (Nominated)
Best Makeup - Christina Smith, Monty Westmore
and Greg Cannom (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Song "When You're Alone" -
John Williams and Leslie Bricusse (Nominated)

Many of you will probably remember J.M. Barrie's classic story of Peter Pan and its screen adaptations like the one by Disney. PP tells a heart warming story about children not growing up, and having to defeat swash buckling pirates like Captain Hook. HOOK used to be on the Disney Channel years ago when I first saw it. I was introduced to the screen presence of Robin Williams for the first time and the name of Steven Spielberg. I never knew that it wasn't on par with the director's highly acclaimed works until I got older. Since Robin Williams suddenly passed away, I wanted to re-watch some of his golden classics in remembrance to his energetic charisma like for instance, his character of the Genie in ALADDIN (click here). 

This once nostalgic fantasy adventure has almost become a lowest common denominating take to Spielberg and the actor/comedian himself. The director was not working to his usual potential with HOOK, this was considered one of the lower points in his career. The legend of Peter Pan has been told time and time again and I think Spielberg had too much creative control of this film. This became problematic with certain scenes that were illogical and no explanation given as to how certain events unfolded. 

There is still the art direction which is great to the movie and Williams' portrayal as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman's fun and enjoyable interpretation of the main character. The background music by John Williams was even fitting by my standards.

I really did want to enjoy this film, but I must be honest about my views and admit that it did lack certain crucial elements.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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