Hook

  • U
  • Steven Spielberg (1991)
  • US
  • 135 min
Hook
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Purists will shudder at what Steven Spielberg has done to JM Barrie's classic tale here, but their protests are likely to be ignored by those children who prefer old-fashioned derring-do to be brightened up with some 1990s trimmings. In this take on Peter Pan, Robin Williams plays the grown-up Peter, a ruthless business pirate who has no time for his family and no memory of his magical past. That changes, however, when his children are kidnapped and he gets a visit from Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts). As good as Williams is, the film is stolen by an almost unrecognisable Dustin Hoffman, whose Hook is suitably pantomimic (he is said to have modelled his performance partly on the larger-than-life screen image of Terry-Thomas) yet oddly sympathetic, a villain lost without his nemesis. The scenes between him and Bob Hoskins as Smee are a delight and, although the sentimentality gets a little sticky at times, this remains rousing entertainment.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts and Bob Hoskins. Workaholic lawyer Peter Banning and his family spend Christmas in London with an old relative, Granny Wendy. The adults arrive home one evening to find that the children have vanished and a note has been left by Captain James Hook. With the help of a fairy named Tinkerbell, Peter sets off for Neverland to reclaim his offspring.

Cast and crew

Cast

Captain James Hook
Dustin Hoffman
Peter Banning / Peter Pan
Robin Williams
Tinkerbell
Julia Roberts
Smee
Bob Hoskins
Granny Wendy
Maggie Smith
Moira Banning
Caroline Goodall
Jack
Charlie Korsmo
Maggie
Amber Scott
Liza
Laurel Cronin
Inspector Good
Phil Collins
Tootles
Arthur Malet
Pockets
Isaiah Robinson
Ace
Jasen Fisher
Rufio
Dante Basco
Thud Butt
Raushan Hammond
Don't Ask
James Madio
Too Small
Thomas Tulak
Latchboy
Alex Zuckerman
No Nap
Ahmad Stoner
Young Wendy
Gwyneth Paltrow

Crew

Director
Steven Spielberg

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia Pictures
Guidance: 
Edited for flashing images.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U
Categories
Drama