Gotta fly!  Gotta Crow!

To keep going with the pirate theme for the week due to International Talk Like a Pirate Day – Film Friday takes a look at Hook!  I have loved this flick since the first time I saw it but I promise I will try to turn a critical eye, or two toward the lesser parts of this movie.

A brief plot synopsis (THERE BE SPOILERS) – Peter Pan has grown up.  He is a lawyer and has two kids. he goes to England to celebrate Wendy getting an award and Captain Hook kidnaps his children.  Peter goes to Neverland where he has to learn how to be the ‘Pan’ again.  The Lost Boys train Peter and he eventually fights Hook in a great climactic battle.  Peter gets his kids back and takes them home – becoming a better father in the process.

The Good

  • Dustin Hoffman – Captain James Hook – This is the reason to watch the movie.  Hoffman works every cliche that there ever has been for a pirate in a movie.  The voice, the language, the anger, the fighting, the rash judgments – he has it all.  Add to that the costuming and you have one of the penultimate pirates and my favorite Captain Hook from the silver screen.  His suicide attempts around Smee are priceless and he brings Captain Hook from the Disney in line with the Hook from the book.  Great job from a great actor.

Captain James Hook: This is it. Don’t try to stop me this time, Smee. Don’t try to stop me this time, Smee. Don’t you dare try to stop me this time, Smee, try to stop me. Smee, you’d better get up off your ass. Get over here, Smee!

  • Bob Hoskins – Mr Smee – He may actually be my favorite character in the entire movie.  I am a Bob Hoskins fan and he is fabulous in this role. he is a pirate.  He has the look, he has the walk, he has the clothes.  Best acting job in the whole flick.

Smee: I’ve just had an apostrophe.
Captain Hook: I think you mean an epiphany.
Smee: [gestures his fingers to his head] Lightning has just struck my brain.
Captain Hook: Well, that must hurt.

  • The Pirates – The pirates are excellent!  I love the costumes.  I love their characterizations.  Pirates, pirates everywhere.
  • The Pirate Town – The town that Peter arrives in is beautifully designed.  From the store and the bars to the overall look the production designer and set designers knocked it out of the park.  The long pan down to the pirate town when he is dropped off by Tinkerbell is one of those memorable shots that sticks in my head when I think about pirates and movies.  It is right up there with Johnny Depps intor in PoTC!
  • Hook’s Pirate Ship the Jolly Roger – Yes, Hook’s ship is named the Jolly Roger.  The ship design in the movie Hook is perfect for that name.  The figurehead on the front of the ship is a skeletal pirate with his arms outstretched, the full length of the bowsprit, holding a cutlass.  The back of the ship is a skull.  If you have forgotten it go check it out and just stare in wonder at how awesome that ship is.
  • Mermaids – I love mermaids.  These mermaids are beautiful and well done.  They aren’t in the movie long enough and I hoped that they would make a comeback later int he flick.

The Bad

  • Dante Basco – Rufio – Don’t like the character.  Don’t think he was overly important tot he film.  Don’t like the fact that his accent faded in and out depending on what he was saying.  Hate his hair.  Maybe I should move him to the ugly?
  • The Final Fight – The Lost Boys play with swords the whole movie.  The pirates certainly do not have a problem using swords against the Lost Boys.  In the book, the pirates and Lost Boys kill each other all the time.  But in the last fight, the Lost boys shoot eggs and goo at the pirates?  I don’t get it.

The Ugly

  • Pan’s Sword – Why?!? Why is Pan’s sword a gladius?  It should have been something more piratey.  And on the same token – why did Hook not cut him to pieces?  Hook had twice as much reach as Pan did with that dinky little sword.  Hook gets a Rapier, Pan gets a roman style Gladius, WTF?

Anyway, overall I still love this movie as much as when I first saw it.  I do admit that I will bypass the first part of the movie and go straight to Neverland but I still love it.