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The look of Hook is lively indeed but Steven Spielberg directs on autopilot here, giving in too quickly to his sentimental, syrupy qualities.



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Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990s sensibility in Hook. Peter Pan has become Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a 40-year-old mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a permanent scowl on his face and a cellular phone in his belt. Banning has lost any memory of being Peter Pan, and he is also in danger of losing his wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) and two children, Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott). Peter and his family travel to London to visit Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) who recalls Peter's lost youth and asks him, "Peter, dear, don't you know who you are?" With Peter's children asleep in the same bedroom where the original Peter Pan story began, there is a blinding flash. Peter comes into the room to discover a note from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), informing Peter that he has kidnapped his children. Granny Wendy now tells him who he really is and encourages him to re-discover his happy thoughts, transform himself into the Peter Pan of the past, and go rescue his children. With the encouragement of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), Peter recalls the birth of his son and once again takes wing. Then it's off to Never Land to rescue his kids. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Robin Williams
as Peter Banning/Peter Pan
Dustin Hoffman
as Capt. James Hook
Julia Roberts
as Tinkerbell
Maggie Smith
as Granny Wendy
Caroline Goodall
as Moira Banning
Charlie Korsmo
as Jack Banning
Amber Scott
as Maggie Banning
Phil Collins
as Insp. Good
Arthur Malet
as Tootles
Raushan Hammond
as Thud Butt
James Madio
as Don't Ask
Thomas Tulak
as Too Small
Bruce Armstrong
as Lost Boy in Play
Adam McNatt
as Lost Boy
Brian Willis
as Lost Boy
Brett Willis
as Lost Boy
Ryan Francis
as Young Peter
Maxwell Hoffman
as Peter (age 5)
Kelly Rowan
as Peter's Mother
Jewel Newlander Hubbard
as Peter Pan in Play
Jeannine Renshaw
as Drama Teacher
Rebecca Hoffman
as Jane in Play
Francesca Serrano
as Lost Boy in Play
Andre Bollinger
as Lost Boy in Play
Bryce Armstrong
as Lost Boy in Play
Alyson Healing
as Lost Boy in Play
Kevin Gasca
as Lost Boy in Play
Lauren Friedler-Gow
as Lost Boy in Play
Margie Takeda
as Lost Boy in Play
Zoe Koehler
as Lost Boy in Play
Wayne Aten
as Umpire
Jake Hoffman
as Little League Player
Don S. Davis
as Dr. Fields
Brenda Isaacs
as Secretary
Jan Cobler
as Secretary
Ruth de Sosa
as Secretary
Stuart White
as Chauffeur
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Young Wendy
Don McLeod
as Mime/Shadow
Kim O'Kelley
as Prostitute
Randi Pareira
as Prostitute
Beverly Polcyn
as Prostitute
Mary Bond Davis
as Prostitute
David Crosby
as Tickles
Nick Tate
as Noodler
Tony Burton
as Bill Jukes
Glenn Close
as Gutless, Pirate
Nick Ullett
as Pirate Jailer
Ray Tveden
as Man in Stands
Kim Robillard
as Toothless Cripple
Michael Runyard
as Screaming Pirate
Gary Epper
as Growling Pirate
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  • Nov 13, 2016
    This is another Spielberg film I have not seen, until now. Far better than I thought it would be. Strong performances, and even an appearance from Phil Collins, keep the film going, when things start to get too sickly.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2016
    Reminds me the first Spielberg film ever to be the worst.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2012
    Hook, Steven Spielberg's most notorious film, is a colossal blunder that fails spectacularly. This re-imagining of James Barrie's classic tale finds Peter Pan all grown-up and returning to Neverland to rescue his children from the clutches of Captain Hook. With an all-star cast that includes Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Bob Hoskins, and Julia Roberts, one would think that the film couldn't go wrong; but somehow Spielberg found a way. The most atrocious aspect of the film are the re-imaged Lost Boys; which are written as bad '90s caricatures. Additionally, the special effects and set designs are astoundingly poor (which seems unimaginable for a Spielberg film). John Williams delivers a wonderfully enchanting score, but it can only do so much to help the film. Yet, the film has a few magical moments and there's a charm to some of the characters. Hook is a messy, remarkably poor film that's mildly entertaining, but it fails to live up to the spirit of Barrie's classic.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2012
    The only movie about Peter Pan that I liked.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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