Peter Pan & Wendy | Teaser Trailer | Disney+

Even the spectacle-driven sections disappoint and underwhelm. Bland fight choreography that mimics kids’ basic pretend play is repeated during every action scene, from those that take place inside Skull Rock to the big climax on Hook’s ship with its simultaneous mini-battles. The Darlings’ pixie-dusted flight through London’s murky midnight skies is bogged down by distractingly ropey CGI. The sequence featuring the giant crocodile—who pops out of the water to rescue the kids from Hook’s wrath and expose him as a bit of a buffoon—doesn’t feel, look, or sound immersive. We’re always keenly aware of the artifice involved.


It’s a shame that no adaptation has ever been able to capture the full cleverness, wit, or creative perspective on childhood and imagination of Barrie’s original material. But this film is geared toward those most familiar with the Disney animated film, perhaps understandably so. Not unlike other studios’ Peter Pan interpretations, like Steven Spielberg’s Hook, P.J. Hogan’s Peter Pan, Joe Wright’s Pan, and Benh Zeitlin’s Wendy, Lowery’s version does just enough to make it his own. However, with no real laughs, no genuine thrills, and no memorable scenes, its legacy will soon be forgotten.

Peter Pan & Wendy premieres on Disney+ April 28.