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'Pan': EW review

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Laurie Sparham

Pan

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
111 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/09/15
performer:
Hugh Jackman, Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
director:
Joe Wright
genre:
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

We gave it a C-

Modern music in fantasy films can be like a shot of pheromones, but when 10,000 child slaves ecstatically sing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in Pan, the song’s satirical lyrics (“Here we are now, entertain us!”) make an already gauche movie even dorkier. Who in the world was crying out for a prequel to Peter Pan? And especially in this lumpy, vanilla form, in which Peter (Levi Miller) is swept to Neverland, where he cavorts with nemesis-to-be James Hook (Garrett Hedlund, sounding like his lines were dubbed by Sam Elliott on Ambien). The dialogue is groan-inducing—“So the boy is lost?” “Yes, he is a lost boy”—but Hugh Jackman gives the movie a bit of twinkle as a pirate who breathes pixie dust to stay fresh and relevant. Maybe the people behind Pan should have snorted some. C–