Hook (1991)

Genres - Fantasy, Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Adventure, Children's Fantasy  |   Release Date - Dec 11, 1991 (USA)  |   Run Time - 145 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Review by Perry Seibert

Turning Peter Pan into an exploration of yuppie angst and a metaphor for rediscovering one's "inner-child," Hook might very well be the worst film of Steven Spielberg's career. The first of many disappointing fantasy-themed family comedies featuring Robin Williams, Hook dispenses with the charm and terror of the original tale in order to revel in some busy art direction and make parents realize they need to spend more time with their kids. Such moralizing would be fine if the film were at all entertaining, but none of the characters make any sense in their modern incarnations. The only character who works in a new way is Captain Hook, who misses battling with Peter, but Dustin Hoffman spends time chewing the scenery instead of acting. This is an artistic dead-end for everyone involved.