I don’t believe in Pan.
Production designer Aline Bonetto, costume designer Jacqueline Durran and their teams have sprinkled bulging handfuls of fairy dust over Joe Wright’s gargantuan production to lovingly recreate wartime London and colour-saturated Neverland.
But while this fantasy adventure invites our senses on an awfully big adventure, it lands with a dull thud where it matters most: our hearts.
The childlike wonder of Barrie’s text has been waylaid en route to the second star to the right, careening between bombastic set pieces without truly understanding the characters and the turmoil that drives them.
In a straight sword fight with Steven Spielberg’s flawed 1991 romp Hook, Pan unexpectedly comes off second best.