Peter Pan (2003) Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, could be the mascot for our entire commodified kiddie culture. The era is now almost too synched… 2003-12-25 PG PT113M Kids and Family Jason Isaacs Jeremy Sumpter Lynn Redgrave Ludivine Sagnier Columbia Tri-Star Universal
Movie Review

Peter Pan (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG
Jeremy Sumpter, Evan Rachel Wood, ... | ENCHANTING ''Peter Pan'' mixes technology with emotion
ENCHANTING ''Peter Pan'' mixes technology with emotion
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 25, 2003; Rated: PG; Length: 113 Minutes; Genre: Kids and Family; With: Jason Isaacs and Jeremy Sumpter; Distributors: Columbia Tri-Star and Universal

Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, could be the mascot for our entire commodified kiddie culture. The era is now almost too synched to him: When he shows up in the sparkly new CGI-happy version of Peter Pan, sneaking and flying and clowning around, he's immersed in fun, but no more so than your average 11-year-old (or 25-year-old) Game Boy junkie.

Jeremy Sumpter, as Peter, has eyebrows that tilt down with a hint of wry devilry, and Rachel Hurd-Wood, with her ruby mouth parting into the most delicate of smiles, makes Wendy a rare vision of sophisticated innocence; she seems to have walked right out of the 19th century. The director, P.J. Hogan, celebrates Peter's elfin derring-do yet recognizes that there's something a bit lonely about it.

''Peter Pan'' is a bright, whirling pinwheel of a movie that tosses around special effects like confetti, but the techno magic is graced with a touch of sensuality. Tinker Bell, played by ''Swimming Pool'''s Ludivine Sagnier, glows like a lava lamp as she leaves her trail of glitter, and the clouds over Neverland have a rosy impressionist lushness. (You can also bounce around on them.) Jason Isaacs, looking like a debauched Brit demon-metal rock star, plays Hook with just enough nasty smolder to suggest that there's something a tad unseemly in his fixation on Peter and Wendy. If anything gets lost here, it's the appeal of the Lost Boys -- and, for that matter, of Neverland, which looks like the sort of plastic stage-set forest Disney once used as a backdrop in the days of movies like ''The Gnome-Mobile.''

Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints