Saturday, August 05, 2006

Happy thoughts, anyone?

Just watched P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan (2003). Was watching Black Hawk Down earlier on AXN, and Jason Isaacs, one of my celeb crushes, is part of the cast. So I decided to watch another Jason Isaacs movie when BHD was done. Was supposed to watch The Patriot, where I first saw Jason Isaacs as the bad, bad Colonel Tavington (his best performance, I believe). But then I said since I'd be wasting 2 hours of my life, I might was well watch something I haven't seen yet.

Ganun pala story ng Peter Pan. I've never read the book or watched the play. My first and only encounter of Peter Pan's story was Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991), where Robin Williams played a grown-up Peter Pan whose kids were kidnapped by Captain James Hook. That, by the way, is one of my all-time favorite movies.

Getting to see Hogan's Peter Pan, I was quite amused by the story, which I found weird. Mga children's stories talaga, hindi naman pang-children, hehe.

I never knew that there was a romantic angle to Peter and Wendy's relationship (though I just read on Wikipedia that that aspect of the story has almost always been downplayed in the book's film and stage adaptations).

I enjoyed Hook so much that it was quite disorienting watching this more faithful movie version of Peter Pan. So Wendy brought the Lost Boys back with her to London...so who does Peter Pan play with now in Neverland? And it's really weird that Mr. and Mrs. Darling would just adopt all those boys just like that. And it was an "awww" moment for me that Peter and Wendy don't end up together (in Hook kasi Peter ends up with Wendy's (grand?)daughter Moira).

Though I did recognize the same dialogue - like that bit about always keeping the window open, about how a fairy dies when someone says "I don't believe in fairies", or Peter saying "to live would be an awfully great adventure"...oooh, this is making me want to watch Hook again :D Or maybe the Johnny Depp starrer Finding Neverland, which is a fictionalized account of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie's relationship with a widow and her children - what inspired him to write "Peter Pan". But, no, it's already 2 in the morning...

So now I'm thinking...if I, a child of the '80s, am this disoriented with the story of Peter Pan...what of my students who were born in the '90s...do they still appreciate the classics such as Peter Pan? If there's a good Disney adaptation, such as with The Little Mermaid, then well and good for them. Eh paano kung wala? Then these classic tales are just lost on them.

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Trivia: P.J. Hogan's Peter Pan was executively produced by Mohamed Al Fayed; he dedicated the film to his late son, Dodi Al Fayed, who died along with Princess Diana in a car crash in France.


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Siyempre what's a story without a quotable quote diba?

This quote was also used in Hook, and I quite like it:
"Living would be an awfully big adventure."

So, come on, get out those happy thoughts and start flying. Let's get this adventure started :)

4 comments:

tseri said...

sobrang love ko yung peter pan (yung kids) movie, nagka-crush nga ako dun sa bata e. haha! :))

gusto ko rin yang hook. i recently bought the dvd, hassle di ko pa napapanood. pero sobrang ganda rin ng movie na yun! :)

- d a c s - said...

Peter Pan - Jeremy Sumpter - is such a cutie! Lalo na pag nagsmile siya, sobrang mischievous ng dating.

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