Hook (1991)

Hook (1991, USA) C-144m. SCOPE *** D: Steven Spielberg. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Caroline Goodall, Phil Collins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Glenn Close, Carrie Fisher, George Lucas. Spielberg's first real children's movie after E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) is partly charming, mostly gargatuan new spin on the famous Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie. Williams slowly learns that he is actually the Boy Who Never Grows Up - grown-up to be a stressed business manager and neglectful family father. When his nemesis Captain Hook abducts his children, he has to remember his past existence and go back to Neverland to rescue them. Intelligent twisting of plot elements of the original story (including nods to the 1953 Disney version), though Spielberg more than once undermines this exquisitely designed film by his typical overindulgence, and also unnecessarily draws out the ending. Good cast enjoying themselves.


© Ron Altman