Pan is a 2015 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Wright and written by Jason Fuchs. The film serves as a prequel to Peter and Wendy from Scottish author J. M. Barrie, which was first staged in 1904, and focuses on an alternative origin story for Peter Pan and Captain Hook. It stars Hugh Jackman as a fictionalized version of Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Levi Miller as the title character. The world premiere was held in London on September 20, 2015, and it was theatrically released in the United States on October 9, 2015, by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). They must band together to save Neverland from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Along the way, the rebellious and mischievous boy discovers his true destiny, becoming the hero forever known as Peter Pan.
Why It Sucks
- Rooney Mara is seriously miscast as Tiger Lily, which spawned massive controversy.
- Peter Pan himself is an unlikeable and annoying protagonist with a few exceptions reasons.
- Extremely poor grasp of the source material.
- The plot is formulaic and generic.
- Lame action that is heavily reliant on CGI, such as Peter Pan floating or the effects on the never bird.
- Blackbeard is a predictable, unnecessary, and minor villain.
- Some of the acting is bad, Hugh Jackman is over the top and Garret Hedlund has a terrible accent.
- Lots of stuff that doesn't make sense, (eg. how come Blackbeard can't find the Neverland natives when his map shows tribal land and why are the Neverland natives so diverse?)
- Pointless romance subplot between James Hook and Tiger Lily.
- Once the pirates approach the mines, everybody starts singing Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, which is annoying and did not exist during that period, although one could argue that since Blackbeard can steal children from different periods, he may have led them to pick up this song from contemporary times.
- Several plot holes; like a ship that is already in the air does not need sails. It would move with whatever air current there was. (Okay, it is magic, but there still should be some logic.)
- The humor is weak.
- The soundtrack is decent by John Powell.
- Solid acting from most of the cast. Levi Miller tries his best in his role of Peter Pan.
- Some good action scenes.
- In 2017 two years after the critical and commercial failure of Pan, director Joe Wright later redeemed himself and finally got great reviews again with the Winston Churchill biographical movie Darkest Hour.
Pan received generally negative reviews from critics and audiences, with criticism calling the plot formulaic and the action heavily reliant on CGI and the casting of white actress Rooney Mara as American Indian character Tiger Lily. Mara would later voice regret over her role in the film. However, some praised its action sequences, John Powell’s score, and the performances of Jackman, Hedlund, and Miller. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 27% based on 196 reviews and an average rating of 4.56/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Pan finds a few bursts of magic in its prequel treatment of classic characters, though not enough to offset the rushed plot and shrill, CGI-fueled action". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 36 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Jeremy Jahns gave this movie a Dogshit! rating.
Pan was failed to recoup its budget. It opened up at #1 on its opening weekend making a domestic gross of $5,183,169. The total domestic gross was $35,088,320. In foreign territories, it made $93,300,000. Overall, Pan grossed $128,388,320 against its $150 million budget, causing Warner Bros. to lose an estimated $150 million budget.
- Rooney Mara later regretted playing her role of Tiger Lily in a February 2016 interview.
- According to Joe Wright, who directed the movie in a 2017 interview while he's promoting his movie Darkest Hour, Wright said he almost quit directing and considered retirement after the box office failure of Pan. He said: "I had just made this $100 million flop. It was a dark, difficult time. I didn’t know if I was going to make any more movies, I didn’t know that I wanted to make movies anymore, to be honest.".