Jude Law, who’s settling into his “I’m simply right here to have a very good time!” character-acting section, anchors the film as Pan’s nemesis Captain Hook. Law performs the character as extra of a neurotic comedian determine with Personal Issues than a daunting villain (though wee viewers will nonetheless need to cover behind furnishings when he orders all the Darling youngsters put to loss of life). Lowery has given Hook a little bit of the Magua or Killmonger villain-as-anti-hero remedy, i.e., making the character’s Bad Guy Origin Story so relatable that he appears extra pitiable than loathsome. Jim Gaffigan, who’s shaping up as a John Goodman-level supporting participant, performs Hook’s sidekick Smee as an emotionally bruised, exasperated underling, a schlump who undoubtedly has his faults however is frazzled primarily as a result of he is overwhelmed by having to fulfill a boss who thinks the answer to unhealthy morale is to throw extra folks overboard. The Peter-Tinkerbell pairing has additionally been re-thought, partially: it is clear that she’s the boss of the duo, at occasions seeming to command him psychically, or at the least implant recommendations or duties in his thoughts in a manner that makes him consider he is appearing on his personal.
Every efficiency on this film is sweet, typically greater than good, and little may be mentioned towards the filmmaking, starting from calendar-art good-looking to genuinely impressed (though there is a main downside with one side of the lighting/shade grading; see beneath). The action-packed climax, which doubles as a remedy session for sure main characters, has photos of dreamlike eeriness and provides Law a satisfying exit that fits this incarnation of the character. But the complete factor has a whiff of missed alternative, and typically you would possibly surprise if Lowery and his co-writer Toby Halbrooks would possibly’ve wished to dive deeper than they knew Disney’s copyright-tending, merchandise-selling executives would have permitted. (There’s a really subversive “Peter Pan” satire to be constituted of the Peter-Tinkerbell relationship on this one: she’s a tiny, mute girl who mainly cannot get something executed except she makes use of an enthralling man-boy as her instrument).