Posted 24 May 2004 - 07:54 PM
Posted 24 May 2004 - 09:04 PM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 01:42 AM
But I guess the fact that it's rated G doesn't necessarily make it a "children's movie," per se.
Posted 25 May 2004 - 02:26 AM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 02:27 AM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 09:54 AM
: Yes, it did; what age group were you thinking?
Well, I plan to be there for the child's ENTIRE childhood ...
But honestly, I wasn't thinking in terms of "age groups". I would just let the child watch it if he or she found it interesting.
Posted 05 June 2004 - 10:51 AM
Posted 01 August 2004 - 11:09 AM
Posted 02 August 2004 - 10:22 AM
I would put Paul Hogan's Peter Pan (2003) onto this list. The Peter Pan story, when well handled, is one of the best explorations of growing up and how becoming a well rounded adult is actually something for a child to aspire to. Not all the film versions, though, have managed to draw this out very well. Sadly, the Disney version pretty much guts the reality of the story in favour of cartoon pleasure (like most of the Disney films of the fifties.) Spielberg's Hook, although something of a guilty pleasure for me, is a bit of a mess. It has the most genuine affirmation of parental love, the importance of growing up and how childhood imagination can enrich development. But it also tries to tap into the 90s idea of 'being cool' skateboarding/egg gun wielding Lost Boy shannenigans. It's less than fifteen years old and already Hook's presentation of youth feels incredibly dated, which is a bit of a kiss of death to a story about eternal, enduring childhood.
Only Hogan's version balances the colour and wonder of Neverland with the 'development' side of the story and the realisation that Neverland (and childhood itself) is not a place where one can dwell forever. More importantly, perhaps, it's the only one which plays Peter going back to Neverland at the story's end as a bad thing. He may be going back to Neverland with Tinkerbell, but we realise he's going to miss the greater adventure of growing up. It also has one of my all time greatest pleasure moments at the cinema, when Hook tries to think of 'happy thoughts' to make himself fly: "Lawyers! Dentists!" etc. etc.