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Peter's perfect Neverland role; Young star soars in updated fantasy tale.

Pan Cert PG SET sail to the stars with the boy who never grew up in this magical family fantasy.

Based on JM Barrie's classic tale, it's the action-packed story of how orphan Peter first encounters the fantastical world of Neverland and discovers his destiny.

Fans of the original may be aghast at the liberties taken with the characters but they'll be missing out on a rollicking good time.

Levi Miller is confident and engaging as Peter, who is kidnapped from London by a flying pirate ship and whisked off to Neverland.

It is a riotous place of humour, acrobatic fights, circus colours and rock songs, populated by Never-birds, crocodiles and mermaids.

rock Nea Filmof the week at p cra pirat He's set to work in a mine where he has to dig for Pixum, the powerful pixie dust. It's craved by the villainous pirate chief Blackbeard, performed in a lively pantomime style by Hugh Jackman.

Peter escapes with the future Captain Hook, a two-handed rascal in the mould of Han Solo from Star Wars. Garrett Hedlund tries hard but it's not his fault he isn't a young Harrison Ford.

He flirts unconvincingly with the tribal princess Tiger Lily, a thinly written role for Rooney Mara.

She explains to Peter that he must believe in himself if he wants to fly and fulfil his destiny.

Director Joe Wright has form with making very theatrical film versions of classic books, such as Anna Karenina in 2012.

He brings out the spectacle of the source material which was of course originally written for the stage.

Go on this awfully big adventure and you will believe in fairies.

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MAGICAL: Levi Miller, right, Hugh Jackman, above, and flying ship

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Oct 18, 2015
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