Rainy Sundays: Hook

January 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

Welcome to the new look Rainy Sundays feature!

When I was growing up, Disney’s spectacular Peter Pan was IT

“You can fly, you can fly, you can fly, you can fly…”

If you matched those lyrics with the tune you understand exactly how much I loved that movie.

Along came a VHS copy of Hook for Christmas.  Knowing the legendary story of Peter Pan as I did, I was beyond excited to see what Captain Hook and Peter Pan were up to in REAL life. 

So many movies come out today that claim to be re-imaginings.  Most of the time, I always question why they make certain decisions with the material.  It’s frustrating when someone takes a story you love and changes things.  This is one example of filmmakers taking giant leaps with the story and getting it right. 

“Peter, don’t you know who you are?”

Returning To Neverland

Steven Spielberg’s film is unique because it retells the origin story in a fascinating way.  Peter has forgotten who he once was and how to fly and must face his old nemesis Captain Hook in order to save his children.  How can you not be fascinated to see how it all plays out?  Being reintroduced to Neverland was an experience then and it still is today. 

There are moments when you stare at a collection of DVD’s and simply can’t decide what to watch.  It has to be the perfect fit for your mood.  I firmly believe that choosing Hook once in a while is NEVER a bad idea and always fits your mood.  It’s a movie to get excited about and that’s why I love movies.

The Boo Box!

Hook was funny, original, touching and an all around entertaining movie.  However, I wasn’t expecting it to scare the crap out of me.

I’ve included a clip…

It’s the amazing scene where Hook is revealed and we finally get a look at him.  It’s a great introduction to (in my opinion) one of the greatest villains of all time.

Once you get to the 3 minute mark of the clip, imagine a boy who is totally engaged in the film and completely wrapped up in the story.  I pretty much believed that Neverland existed at this point. 

Having said that, the very concept of The Boo Box was terrifying!  Check out the scene.  Those scorpions have haunted me ever since.  I remember distinctly thinking how sad it was that everyone was cheering while this poor dude is being dragged to the box.  The magic of film.

Afraid of The Boo Box?  Read How To Survive The Boo Box HERE

Amazing Adventures

I have a section of my DVD collection that includes classics like Goonies, Labyrinth, The Wizard Of Oz, The NeverEnding Story, Willow, Dark Crystal and more.  (I’d like to take this opportunity to praise The Water Horse as well for nailing it.  I liked that movie a lot.)  Hook is with them in spirit because I still haven’t upgraded my VHS copy yet.  Be honest, who in their right mind would mix VHS and DVD’s on the same shelf!

The inspiration for this week’s post came while thinking about the new Alice In Wonderland’senormous potential.  The concepts are very similar as both Alice and Peter Pan’s adventures continued years after they left their fantasy world’s behind.  I’m really excited to return to Wonderland much like I was when I returned to Neverland years ago.  It’s the same with all films that belong on shelves like mine.

The rabbit holes, glass slippers and giant dragon-dogs remain with all of us because they got a firm grip on our imaginations and haven’t let go.  The memories of these films are treasured by millions.  Today, I think it’s time to revisit one of the classics.  You remember where it is right?

Second star to the right and straight on till morning.

I love adventure films. Hook is a spectacular addition to the Rainy Sundays list.

PS: Anyone think happy thoughts while reading this?  Did you fly?  Neither did I.  IT NEVER WORKS!

PS #2: I’m never going to stop trying.  I’ll keep you posted on any and all progress I make.

PS #3: In regards to the new Rainy Sundays logo…  I love it.  Normally, I tell people that my photoshop skills can be described as ‘Not Sucking”.  I’ve now upgraded myself to ‘Decent’  (I’ll have more on this subject in a later post.)