Growing up with Peter Pan and his adventures, I wanted to see how they would dive into the life of one of Peter Pan’s favorite people, Wendy, in the self titled film, Wendy. However, after watching it, I almost wish they hadn’t attempted it. I don’ see how Peter Pan Fans will be happy watching this movie and that is a real shame.
Given my appreciation for Peter Pan, I wanted to like this movie…I really did. But, between the poor story line and the way the movie dragged on, it proved very difficult to do. Knowing how much fun Peter Pam always had, I think I expected there to be more adventures but in this version of the story everything seemed so gloomy and sad. It’s definitely not a place that I would want to sneak off and visit in the middle of the night or a place where I would want to stay forever.
While I did appreciate seeing the first black Peter Pan, I really wish it would have been in a better version of the story. Despite all of that, I did walk away with 2 takeaways so there’s that. One, getting the chance to grow up is a grand adventure. Two, magic can be found everywhere (except maybe in this movie).
Is this movie kid friendly? Hard to say because although I don’t recall there being anything inappropriate (besides a scene where a body part is cut off), I just don’t think the kids would enjoy it.
My Official Rating…
The classic story of Peter Pan is wildly reimagined in this ragtag epic from Benh Zeitlin, director of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Lost on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, Wendy must fight to save her family, her freedom, and the joyous spirit of youth from the deadly peril of growing up.