Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Deborah Quayle, Marcus Reynaga, Wil Wheaton, Melany Bell, David Jahn
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
A daring, bold, and startling original retelling of the classic children's novel Peter Pan, NEVERLAND unfolds against an ultra modern, hyper-realistic backdrop. When Peter takes Wendy to Neverland- a burnt out suburban am... more »
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The Peter Pan Story Reset for Older Escapists
interested_observer | San Francisco, CA USA | 05/10/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Neverland" is the Peter Pan story reset to slacker characters. The three adopted Darling children, John (a 23-year old dropout, played by Wil Wheaton), Michael (a similar-aged Ritalin taker, played by Marcus Reynaga), and Wendy (the designated responsible babysitter, played by Melany Bell) all want to escape their home. Peter Pan (Rick Sparks) shows up looking for the keys to his car ("My Shadow") and entices Wendy and her adoptive brothers to run away to Neverland, an amusement park maintained by head janitor Hook (Gary Kelley). Tinkerbell (Kari Wahlgren) takes an instant dislike of Wendy. We meet the Lost Boys, a drag queen Tiger Lily (Ray Garcia), American Indian performers, and other varients of the Barrie story. Hook says he wants to rid Neverland of Lost Boy lowlives but indicates he uses the boys for his own purposes. The story proceeds.
Skin shots are provided by Michael, Hook, and two of the Lost Boys. There is no sex or violence. For all of its edgy look, the basic story is very evident throughout.
The acting was fair. For whatever reason I liked Rick Sparks as Peter, Melany Bell as Wendy, and Ryan Patrick Kelly as Tootles, a Lost Boy. The lighting and sets were interesting.
The drawbacks for me were the mixed messages in the film.
Wendy's moralizing and second thoughts come almost as soon as she reaches Neverland; there is no honeymoon period. Characters in their mid-20s are lectured to both get a career and live at home with their parents. Disney's Peter Pan and Pinocchio deliver similar, simpler messages. Here, Ikiru meets The Wizard of Oz.
The film has been marketed to an extent as a gay film because of the Hook's stated tendencies and S&M costuming. But for me the film's implicit message is that if you leave the safety of home, you will be attacked by perverts. Although Peter claims to be "pansexual", there are no positive gay characters in the film. Pan dispatches Hook, and nobody cares. This is not a gay film.
It is an interesting variant of the Peter Pan story and has more point for older viewers wondering if they have been enticed to their own Neverlands.
New Age Translation
interested_observer | 11/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The tradional fairy tale of Peter Pan is embedded in our childhood memories. Unlike the original tale, this new age translation is geared toward an older audience. What society sees is what society believes it is or wants it to be. This movie is symbolic of modern society because of the major twist portrayed in the lives of the characters. Although several producers and directors have tried to top the well known animated Disney movie, none have come as close as Neverland. This movie is a must see because it is a GREAT suprise."
Fascinating story, impressive cast - recommended!
lilsweetcharade | Georgia, USA | 01/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The movie Neverland really amazed me. Beautifully directed. Incredible symbolism, especially in costuming and settings. I was so impressed with the script (stayed very true to the novel), the metaphorical genius employed, and the talented cast members. This film really stands out among other low-budget films. There were a few downfalls to it, as with any movie. At times the acting seemed a bit forced, there were choppy scenes, and lengthy drug induced color and light schemes momentarily detract attention from the point of the movie. On the whole, I thought the movie was incredible and the talent of those involved really speaks for itself. I absolutely recommend this movie, especially to those familiar with the original story of Peter Pan. It's dark and original, and manages a whole new take on the well-known classic while staying true to the story JM Barrie wanted to tell."
The best version of Peter Pan EVER!
Chris | Chicago | 11/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is by far the best version of Peter Pan that has ever been made. The story has been told over and over again but never with this originality or style. This movie was sick. I rented this movie to watch with my girlfriend and her little brother but we had to send the little brother out of the room to play with his Playstation. Making Tinkerbell a Gwen Stefani/hoochie/fairy dust dealer was genius and the Tiger Lily song was unbelievable. We were on the floor amazed by this movie. We still quote it."