D: Joe Wright
Warner Bros/Ratpac-Dune (Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter & Paul Webster)
W: Jason Fuchs [based on characters created by J.M. Barrie]
DP: Seamus McGarvey & John Mathieson
Ed: Paul Tothill
Mus: John Powell
PD: Aline Bonetto
Levi Miller (Peter Pan), Hugh Jackman (Blackbeard), Garrett Hedlund (James Hook), Rooney Mara (Tiger Lily), Amanda Seyfried (Mary)
In 1991, Steven Spielberg tackled a sequel to Peter Pan with Hook (qv), and for family entertainment, it was perfectly decent. This film is a prequel, and the results are nowhere near as good.
During the outbreak of World War II, Peter Pan is abducted from his orphanage and whisked away to a Neverland of flying pirate ships, where he and Captain Hook join forces to defeat the villainous Blackbeard.
The story here is weak and it certainly isn't helped by Joe Wright's extravagant direction and atrociously miscast performances.
For children who are too young to know any better, this may pass the time, for everyone else, it completely lacks the necessary magic. One of 2015's biggest disappointments by far.