Hook (Blu-ray + DVD)

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 must convince the middle-aged lawyer, Peter Banning, that he was 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 updated for children of all ages, Hook was nominated for five 1991 Academy Awards(r) including best visual effects.Steven Spielberg’s deeply flawed but sporadically fun and moving update of the Peter Pan legend stars Robin Williams as the grown-up Pan, a corporate-takeover type who must embrace his old identity in order 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 outside world and the insulated fantasy of Neverland is striking, but Spielberg’s ideas about the Lost Boys–politically correct in their ethnic diversity, energetic 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 can look beyond the glaring problems, there’s plenty to like here. –Tom Keogh

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  1. A great achievement – exciting and showing deep understanding of life This is an amazing movie. I think Spielberg is too critical of himself in being disappointed with it. He made it before Jurassic Park’s breakthroughs in CGI. I think I actually like it better with the stylized and colorful sets than if it had been done with CGI backgrounds. Robin Williams doesn’t get a lot of chances to be really funny and goofy, but that’s okay. To be clear, it’s got a lot of humor which involves him in crazy situations, but his particular style of witty zaniness doesn’t…

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