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Rated PG · 144 minutes · 2013
Steven Spielberg's post-Freudian, revisionist sequel (1994) to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, with Wendy now 80 years old (played by Maggie Smith) and Peter (Robin Williams) married to her granddaughter (Caroline Goodall) and working as a Wall Street lawyer—a character, one suspects, who is rather like Spielberg himself. Tinkerbell (a miniature, matted-in Julia Roberts) carries him back to Neverland to confront Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) and his sidekick Smee (Bob Hoskins) after his kids (Charlie Korsmo and Amber Scott) are kidnapped. The drama centers on Peter's efforts to remember his past and, with the help of the Lost Boys (now a gang of ghetto urchins), win his son back from Hook, who has usurped his paternal role. (Perhaps the biggest failure of imagination here concerns what little girls are supposed to do in Neverland.) In overall sweep and confidence it's a decisive return to form for Spielberg, who borrows liberally from his own 1941 as well as Altman's Popeye for some of his best effects. But the moment-by-moment inventiveness never fully compensates for the thinness of the characters.

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