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An Honest Trailer for Hook

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In the 1991 movie Hook, Peter Pan goes back to Neverland as an adult. The movie features a star-studded cast that includes Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, and Magggie Smith, and they were all directed by Steven Spielberg. Despite all that, it was a financial disappointment and was critically panned. Even Spielberg wasn't pleased with the finished product. However, many GenX and older Millennial viewers loved the movie as children. This Honest Trailer may be a warning for them not to bother re-watching Hook. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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I'm not given to being blinded by nostalga. I did rewatch it recently, and I still rate it as a very good movie. It absolutely is hobbled by being slower paced than it needed to be, and the DVD extras show it could have been worse-yet. But there are several extent performances by great actors, the story is intelligent and complex and tackles serious subjects that aren't often represented in a mainstream films. The visuals and production value is amazing, and it manages to be family friendly without condescending to the audience or simplifying subjects to a ridiculous degree. Still, yes, it is slow, which makes it less easy to watch.

Spielberg almost never strays very far from his formula... Trying to tackle serious subjects, but always a little childish and soft in their handling. Honestly Hook has an awful lot in common with Jurassic Park, and many other acclaimed Spielberg films. That it wasn't as successful as planned on the first run makes no difference to me.
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