décembre 30, 2003


Overheard on the way to Peter Pan:

Me: Want to hear something dorky?
Ash: Ok.
Me: My mom and I used to have matching coolots.
Ash: What’s a coolot?

I saw the umpteenth film version of the story of Peter Pan last night. I was pretty excited, because I love the story and the preview was beautiful, but as I sat down in a theatre filled with gurgling children, I worried if this was about to be 113 minutes that I would end up regretting.

But I didn’t end up regretting it at all - in fact, the movie was great, despite having been directed by Crocodile Dundee. The acting was wonderful; mostly cute, plucky British children. The girl who played Wendy was beautiful in a perfect Wendy-way, where it wasn’t about being sexy.

The film sticks to the story pretty well, I can’t remember anything being changed except one little twist at the end. The romance is really played up, the action scenes were good, and the Indian/ Princess Tiger Lily stuff was handled very tastefully. A lot of the film was pretty funny, too, especially the one-eyed, one-legged plotting parrot. The characters were all three-dimensional and well thought out, from Smee to the sinister mermaids that try to drown Wendy. Peter and Wendy even have the classic “He Can’t Commit” argument.

My complaints are that the special effects (the ticking crocodile, Hook’s hookless stumpy hand) were kind of cheesy, and the color filters were way overboard. There were very pink or very blue scenes in the film where I was just begging for some normal colored light! And the boy who played Peter was good, but not great. I had some problems with his mouth.

Overall, a solid fairy tale film, with a beautiful set and beautiful actors. What more could you wish for from Peter Pan?

Posted by robyn at décembre 30, 2003 01:15 PM

i just went and saw it too and liked it! the sex element between peter and wendy was great, and i really liked the kid that played him cause he did great eye expressions. bedroom eyes boy, i shall call him. whoo.

the pink clouds were a little out there. and hook's hand was sooo digital. pink peter orgasm was...umm...impressive though. hee. hee. whoooo...

Posted by: michele at décembre 30, 2003 07:31 PM

I didn't even consider that that part was orgasm-esque. Woah. Definetly bedroom eyes tho...
Eyes = good, mouth = bad.

Posted by: robyn at décembre 30, 2003 10:38 PM

there's a new peter pan movie? peter pan is my favorite story ever. where was i when all this was happening? i better go see it right now.

Posted by: didofoot at décembre 31, 2003 12:18 PM

i've been staring at female mouths in the right corner now with kind of a religious fervor too. there's so totally a kiss there.

i also noticed that the girl playing wendy looked a lot like michelle trachtenberg who plays dawn on buffy the vampire slayer seasons 5-7. but she is really pretty and her mouth was certainly top rate. plus, the lost boys conversations with her were brilliant. "i'm looking forward to being your son!"

i really have no recollection of peter's mouth being unsavory. i liked it when he smiled full or crooked though because of what it did to his eyes.

Posted by: michele at décembre 31, 2003 12:51 PM

Well, he *was* once named Pre-teen Male Model of the year...

Posted by: robyn at décembre 31, 2003 05:28 PM

hi me names emma i just wanted 2 say that the boy who stared peter pan was absolutly gorgous and i loved him 2 bits so if u want 2 ring me just email me thanks! please pass this message on 2 him! thank you very much love emma email= emma_100_85@hotmail.com x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x xx

Posted by: emma at janvier 3, 2004 10:48 AM

awesome! you get psycho stalkers looking for actors now!

(kristen, you're job here is clear.)

Posted by: michele at janvier 3, 2004 11:17 AM

no! no! "your"! man, it's like i'm an idiot.

kristen, (sorry i am having a conversation with kristen on your page now, robyn) did you once play peter pan or dress up as peter pan for something? i have a startling-ly clear memory of you dressed up as peter pan. why? i don't know. it seems vaguely like my memory of your dad not being your dad and that whole car chase up mt. diablo memory when you were a baby.

Posted by: michele at janvier 3, 2004 11:20 AM