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This movie is generally underrated. I loved it when I first saw it. It made me sad and happy, all at the same. Peter Pan is grown up and has displaced his childhood adventures from memory. He has turned in a cold-hearted father who is not able to live up to his son's expectations, which is very annoying and painful for Charlie Korsmo's character. Then Tinkerbell turns up and ol' Peter's life is turned upside down. Here the whole story starts. Hook has kidnapped his children and ol' Peter has to accept who he was and eventually starts to believe. The way he encounters the Lost Boys, how he struggles to learn how the old magic works and how he starts to turn into Peter Pan is very funny. Robin Williams is doing a great job. Dustin Hoffman, trying to control Jack, Peter's son, is diabolic and absurd at the same time.
What appealed to me so much is this: The themes of being a good father, of growing up, of accepting yourself, of magic and imagination, of endurance and courage, of love and witchcraft. At the beginning Peter's wife talks to him about how temporary a kid's wish to be together with his parents is. All too quickly kids turn away from their parents. There's only this short period when a dad is a kid's hero, and this period must not be wasted. That's something we all ought to remember. Magic is there, we just have to believe. Love and affection is there, we just have to open our hearts and let it in. At the very end Granny Wendy says: "So... your adventures are over." And Peter replies: "Oh, no. To live... to live would be an awfully big adventure."
Let's adhere to this simple message of anyone growing up. Let's preserve childhood imagination and dreams in your hearts forever. We'll be much better parents and humans if we do that.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
Hope and Glory (1987)
Nothing special to my mind. Occasionally long-winded and slow. Could have been done with more vivid emotions and less attempt to add a comic edge. The last few events are worth watching though - like the scene Jasen mentioned.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
Jimmy Bennett was marvellous in this one. The story is also fairly good, I wouldn't underrate this movie. It was thrilling, had lots of suspense and an unpredictable end. Straight acting and a developed storyline. A solid 7 without any doubt.My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
The House I Live In (1945)
I have always been a fan of Frank Sinatra, and I love both the song and this little short.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
I didn't remember the boys in here. Shame on me ;)
Anyway, a classic. Cary Grant at its best.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Roddy McDowall had just fled England after the beginning of the German air raids and come to America when he was instantly chosen for the part of young Hew. The Battle of Britain also led to the cancellation of the production in Wales - and so Zanuck and Ford had to adopt the Californian desert for the setting of a Welsh mining town. That's why they chose to make the movie in black & white.
Classic acting performances, outstanding character portrayal. Entirely different from modern productions, but still pervading and emotionally captivating.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
Asa is doing a very fine job here. Being in his prime boy age now, I hope he'll be doing one or two big pictures soon. He definitely has developed as an actor. The movie itself is a visual treat, including Asa, but the story was a bit far fetched at times. It still features a lovely cast and a compilation of individual moments that make Hugo as a whole worthwile to watch. Keep going, Asa!My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
I Am David (2003)
Ben Tibber does a good job. Decent flick.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
I'll Remember April (1999)My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)My Movie Rating: 6 / 10
Io non ho paura (2002)
Wonderful Italian movie. Both boys are hand-picked and do a splendid job. The images of the Italian countryside and the music make this movie outstanding. The story is full of suspense and thrilling sequences. The emotional burden of the plot is handled convincingly by the protagonists. Just to recommend, great movie.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
Is Anybody There? (2008)My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
The Island on Bird Street (1997)
Good movie, but not among my all-time favorites.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
Okay, the movie is not a masterpiece. Still, it was the first movie that touched something very deep inside of me and the first movie ever that put tears into my eyes. I was 14 when I saw it for the first time, and yeah, it somehow changed my life. It really did. Watching it today, seven years later, makes me aware of how different you watch movies when years go by. I still take this one under my wings, as it has had such an enormous emotional impact on me personally. I wish I had had such friends when I was a kid. Thanks again, Stephen King.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
Iver (2004)My Movie Rating: 7 / 10
This movie has something very important: a message of life. This is due to the underlying themes as well as to Robin Williams' touching performance which is saddening and inspirational at the same time. He is able to transform the sheer hopelessness of his fate which subjects him to an early death with such outstanding and sincere skills that are deeply moving. Apart from that his entire character - as it is designed - demands substantial acting throughout the whole plot. He delivers a performance that many other actors would simply not have been able to accomplish. It takes a special kind of actor to portray such a character just as Jack here.
The message is that despite a fate that destines us to be exposed to tremendous agonies and blank despair, there is always a light of hope, and this light burns in our hearts. It's up to us only what we do with the time that we're granted with. In Jack's case time is even more precious than for normal people. Despite the sadness and despair that is ultimately caused thereby, we still have the chance to make the best out of every minute. All we have to do is value the little things, such as friendship and love, and thus escape the shades of darkness.
The movie itself is funny and sincere, it has important dialogues and, as stated above, a real massage, which makes it special. Watch out for it.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
Jack Frost (1998)
All right, a walking-talking snowman was a bit too much for me to give this otherwise exceptional movie a higher rating. Father-son moments kill me emotionally if scripted and acted properly, and this one started out very promising indeed. Joseph Cross is very appealing as well, has lots of screen time and some emotional scenes (what always levels up the quality of a movie for me). The dialogs are brilliant, the story has a fine message, but again - the snowman was a bit too much. So - a solid 8 due to joseph and the themes.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
Jack the Bear (1993)
See my review at BA Reviews.My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
Das Jahr der ersten Küsse (2002)
Good movie, shows a lot of very intimate scenes of the boy's sexual awakening.My Movie Rating: 8 / 10
James (2008)My Movie Rating: 9 / 10
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