It’s a quiet weekend out there with only one new release and an expansion of The Walk. The market is pretty crowded right now in terms of adult-oriented dramas, so a little break in the onslaught of new competition could benefit films like Everest, Sicario and Black Mass before they begin to lose theaters.
Pan: Peter Pan prequel from director Joe Wright (Atonement, Hanna). Hugh Jackman stars as the pirate Blackbeard, alongside newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan and Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook.
Critics aren’t being too kind, calling it a check-off-the-boxes fantasy picture that’s more concerned with setting up a mythology for never-to-be-produced sequels than telling an engaging story. Box office prospects are pretty bleak.
Hugh Jackman is an immensely talented and charismatic actor, but damn if the man doesn’t have terrible taste when it comes to his roles outside the X-Men franchise. His appearance in this seems like a knowing wink at all those gossip rumors that have plagued him for years. If they think you’re closeted, then by all means go absolutely nuts and show them how flamboyant you can be.
Side note: other than some giant CGI monsters and a lot more greenscreen work – this pretty much looks exactly like P.J. Hogan’s Pan. Add in Spieleberg’s Hook and you’ve got a pretty convincing argument against future live action Peter Pan films.
Rotten Tomatoes: 27%, Metacritic: 35%
Personal interest factor: 2. Don’t care for Peter Pan tales, haven’t really enjoyed Wright’s previous features and the trailers remind me of another bland fantasy epic, Jack the Giant Slayer.
Side note for New Haven dwellers: Yale is hosting an advanced screening of Steve Jobs at 7:00 pm on March 14th at the Whitney Humanities Center. Admission is free to the public, but get in line early because that’s a full week and a half prior to wide release.