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A high-flying adventure from the magic of Steven Spielberg, Hook stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook. Joining the fun is Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the pirate Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling, who will have to convince the middle-aged lawyer, Peter Banning, that he was once once the legendary Peter Pan. And so the adventure begins anew, with Peter off to Neverland to save his two children from Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, of friendship, and of magic. A classic tale up to date for children of every age, Hook was once nominated for five 1991 Academy Awards(r) including best visual effects.
Steven Spielberg’s deeply incorrect but sporadically fun and moving update of the Peter Pan legend stars Robin Williams as the grown-up Pan, a corporate-takeover type who will have to embrace his old identity in an effort to save his kids from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). The stars put on a good show, including Hoffman’s read of Hook’s hysterical personality, Julia Roberts mini-turn as a tiny Tinker Bell, and Maggie Smith’s touching performance as the aged Wendy. The visual contrast between the adult Pan’s bustling out of doors world and the insulated fantasy of Neverland is striking, but Spielberg’s ideas about the Lost Boys–politically correct in their ethnic diversity, vigorous on skateboards–are contrived and cheapening. On the plus side, the story’s theme about adults finding their innocence again through their children is very touching (though some people have found it cloying). If you’ll look beyond the glaring problems, there may be plenty to like here. –Tom Keogh