Genre Guesstimation – Hook (1991)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Summer of Serendipitous Anachronisms She has chosen quite a unique genre and we will be reviewing our favorite Derivative Work Movies.

Here’s Summer to explain her choice:

Basically it is anything based or inspired by pre-existing source

for example:

Amelie takes its relationships from the Luncheon of the Boating Party

The Magnificent Seven is borrowed from the Seven Samurai

Sunday in the Park with George is based on painting by George Seurat

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is loosely based on Hamlet

My Own Private Idaho borrows from Henry the IV

Cosi is about a director directing the musical Cosi Fan Tutti

Pride Prejudice and Zombies borrows from Pride and Prejudice

Clueless borrows from the novel Emma

Monty Python and the Holy Grail borrows from the Arthurian Legend

Basically a film that borrows from pre-existing source but reinvents the source material into something else

Great choice Summer!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Derivative Work Films…

hook“You know you’re not really Peter Pan, don’t you? This is only a dream. When you wake up, you’ll just be Peter Banning – a cold, selfish man who drinks too much, is obsessed with success, and runs and hides from his wife and children!” – Captain Hook

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (Theater in ’91 and 23 Jun 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A grown up Peter Pan who has forgotten his youth, must travel back to Neverland to save his children from the evil Captain Hook

My Take on it – For my last entry of this month’s Genre Guesstimation – Derivative Movies, I decided to go with a childhood favorite that is a spinned off story about what would happen to Peter Pan if he eventually grew up.

I recalled this film being better and it’s lacking fun and adventure that is expected from Steven Spielberg’s films.

Robin Williams is almost able to save this film by his amazing performance, but even he couldn’t do much for this borish plot.

Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook feels like he is trying too hard to imitate Jeremy Irons and therefore his character didn’t work well enough for me to use my suspension of disbelief.

I enjoyed the fact that they had an overall theme about parents willing to do all for their children even when they themselves have forgotten what it was like to be a child.  As a parent myself, I was reminded of my own diatribes against my kids and am guilty of the same offenses.

Overall, I wanted something more fun and less silly that could bring us back to teh magic of Neverland that we all know from the stories of Peter Pan himself, but even Spielberg wasn’t able to catch that feeling and ended up making an average film here.

Bottom Line -Not as fun and adventure filled as I recalled it to be. Williams is amazing as always and Hoffman seemed to be doing an imitation of Jeremy Irons the whole time. As a parent, I enjoyed the analogy of parenting and why they aren’t allowed in Neverland, and the message about parents willing to do anything for their children comes across quite strongly here.  The film should be more fun than it is and some scenes feel too borish and silly.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Robin Williams became best friends with director Steven Spielberg after making this film. Reportedly, after Williams’s death, Spielberg decided to watch this film out of rememberance, but couldn’t finish it because he couldn’t stop crying for hours. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all despite an amazing performance by Williams (as usual)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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6 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Hook (1991)

  1. Got to disagree with you here, Rob. This is probably my favorite incarnation of Peter Pan, partly for Robin Williams but also for how Dustin Hoffman just disappears into the role of Hook. It’s not perfect, but I’ve always enjoyed it.

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