Rob Tiemstra’s review published on Letterboxd:
It’s rare to see an adaptation that’s both overthought and undercooked. Lowery has an interesting, subversive take on the material that he’s so interested in he kind of forgets to adapt the actual story of Peter Pan. There’s stuff in here that could have made for a fascinating reworking, but ultimately the obligation to go through the motions of a “Peter Pan remake” deprive Lowery’s more interesting ideas of oxygen. The dude clearly has a take on how to translate his love of fables into Peter Pan, but the end result is a film that feels like a first draft of a better adaptation.
A+ sea shanty content. Made me want to see what Lowery would do with a Pirate movie… until I noticed how dreadful the swordplay was. What is going on with Hollywood and sword fights? Outside of a few animated pictures, I struggle to think of a recent film that understands and delivers the thrills you want from a swashbuckler. Sword fights these days are either brutal edgy brawls or cut to ribbons in editing, few display the elegance of Errol Flynn or the early 2000s work of Yuen Woo-Ping & Bob Anderson. Looking at you too, modern Star Wars.
Anywho, I’m going to revisit P.J Hogan’s Peter Pan film soon. Kind of comforting to know that my favorite adaptation of this story is untouched by the Disney Corporation.