What a delightful romp it was to watch this children's movie that adults can fully appreciate and enjoy. Don't you just love those movies that go back in time to the beginning so you know how it all began. Such is this movie Pan that stars Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, young upcoming Aussie actor Levi Miller in the starring role of Pan, Garrett Hedlund as Hook and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily. Amanda Seyfried makes an appearance as Pan's mother Mary and Cara Delevingne as Mermaid.
Peter (Levi Miller) begins life in an orphanage where his mother left him. All he has of her is the necklace he wears with a pan flute dangling from it. London's Lambeth Home for Boys is run by the tyrannical Mother Barnabas (Kathy Burke) who treats the boys like slaves and keeps all the rations to herself. Peter and his friend Nibs (Lewis MacDougall) investigate when they find the boys at the orphanage keep disappearing with no signs of adoption. However, this realisation comes too late when they themselves are plucked from their beds and taken away by the pirates to Neverland.
The pirates led by the rather elegant Blackbeard (the unrecognisable at first, Hugh Jackman) set the course of their flying ship to Blackbeard's domain where all those kidnapped are put to work to dig for pixum which gives them the power of light among other things. It is while in the mines digging for fairy dust that Peter and Hook's (Garrett Hedlund) paths cross, and they form a natural alliance.
Blackbeard is well aware of the ancient prophecy about a boy who could fly that would lead an uprising against him. As such, his mission is to remove that threat. However, between an Indiana Jones look-alike Hook, Peter and Mister Smee, they manage to thwart his plans and thus begins a hide and seek chase full of adventure and special effects.
As a children's movie, I would not be so harsh about my criticism. In childlike fashion, I was engaged and in awe of the movie and its special effects. I especially loved how memories were retrieved and presented on screen. It's definitely full of adventure and fun. Hugh Jackman is amazing as always as a two dimensional Blackbeard who is equally humorous and evil at the same time. Australian newcomer Levi Miller is the perfect choice for Pan with his beautiful translucent skin and features. However, as it's obvious this wholly original adventure is set up for a sequel that will lead us to Hook's character, they best start filming quick as little boys grow up far too quickly. Can't wait for part two. I give it a big tick for the kids to enjoy during this school holidays.