Hugh Jackman and his flying pirate galleon captain this lavish Peter Pan prequel
Peter Pan gets a Steampunk makeover with this boisterous but often bewildering prequel, which starts off by plonking JM Barrie’s dashing young hero (Levi Miller) in a Dickensian orphanage in Blitz-era 1940 Lambeth and then has him kidnapped by pirates and whooshed in a flying ship to Neverland.
There he enjoys a series of scrapes and adventures involving Hugh Jackman’s ruthless pirate leader Blackbeard, Rooney Mara’s tribal princess Tiger Lily and the young James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), here bearing a full complement of limbs. Joe Wright, making quite the strangest of his literary adaptations to date following Pride & Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina, directs with rambunctious vigour.
An airborne pirate galleon dogfights darting WWII Spitfires in the night skies over London, Neverland’s captives let rip with a raucous chorus of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Jackman’s preening buccaneer goes gleefully over the top, pulling off the feat of being both foppish and scary.