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Sprinkling fresh pixie dust on a kids' classic.

"This isn't the story you've heard before," we're told at the start of bold new blockbuster Pan, writes SIOBHAN SYNNOT, as the film tries to sprinkle a little fresh pixie dust on the classic story by JM Barrie.

Pan is a prequel about the years before meeting Wendy.

Peter (Miller) is a rebellious orphan who stands up to the nuns in charge with his best pal Nibs (Lewis), even though the Mother Superior (Burke) is so mean she could get a part-time job as a baddie in Oliver Twist.

The real villain of this film is the pirate Bluebeard (Jackman), who snatches up Peter and his fellow orphans in his flying galleon and makes them dig for pixie dust in his Neverland mines.

Also in the quarry is one James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), a surprisingly handsome cowboy with two hands intact.

Yet this is not a movie that digs deep into character. Nobody changes much - Peter is already heroic, Bluebeard is already bad and Hook seems content to be a sidekick.

However, there's plenty to see here with shoals of Cara Delevingne mermaids, crocodiles the size of whales, bungeejumping buccaneers and Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara), a warrior princess with a fashionista's collection of wild headgear.

Younger audiences will probably get the most out of Pan, though adults may be entertained provided they think happy thoughts.

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