A few gentle reminders: don’t forget to drink some water, look up from your screen every now and then, and don’t forget that Disney is still converting its animated films into live-action films. Maybe you forgot the last one. It’s alright. Disney Hasn’t Forgotten You: Peter Pan and Wendy is the latest of these remakes, a 1953 adaptation Peter Pan for people who like a little more flesh and blood in their fairy tales.
Here’s the synopsis, which is very similar to the original Disney movie:
“Peter Pan & Wendy” introduces Wendy Darling, a young girl who is afraid to leave her childhood home, who meets Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up. Together with her brothers and a little fairy, Tinker Bell, she travels with Peter to the magical world of Neverland. There she meets an evil pirate captain, Captain Hook, and embarks on an exciting and dangerous adventure that will change her life forever.
The trailer reinforces this, recreating many classic scenes from the animated original, such as Peter (Alexander Molony) chasing his shadow in the Darlings’ bedroom, or Peter flying over mermaids with the kids on his way to Neverland and being shot at by Captain Hook (Jude Law).
However, Disney is labeling the movie as a “reimagining,” something this trailer only confirms in a few updates — like the inclusion of girls in the Lost Boys issue — with seemingly few changes to the plot. But there is reason to be hopeful. Director and co-writer David Lowery has yet another Disney remake to his credit, the underrated one Pete’s Dragonwhich is remarkable because both are gorgeous And an original retelling of the animated film on which it is based. I hope Lowery can convey some of that magic Peter Pan and Wendy.
At the very least, it can’t be worse than (or better than?) the 2015 movie Panwho introduced his villainous pirate in a scene that has to be seen to be believed.
Peter Pan and Wendy premieres on Disney Plus on April 28.