#ThrowbackThursday: The Neverlands of yesterday

Never growing up

#ThrowbackThursday: The Neverlands of yesterday
The release of Pan has us reminiscing the Peter Pans, Captain Hooks and Tiger Lilies we've grown up with

Hook (1991)

Who's in it: Robin Williams plays Peter Banning, a lawyer who finds out that he used to be Peter Pan. Dustin Hoffman stars as Captain Hook while Julia Roberts played the melodramatic fairy Tinker Bell.

Why we love it: Julia Roberts is Tinker Bell, complete with a flame-coloured pixie cut. Could there be anything better? Of course, nothing else can be further said about Williams' comedic genius — in this movie, he plays the jaded adult getting in touch with his younger self without a fault.

Fun fact: The cast comprised of A-list stars who hadn't quite made it yet, as well as cameos: Gwyneth Paltrow as the teenage Wendy (in her second film), and Glenn Close as a pirate — yes, she played a man.

Peter Pan (2003)

Who's in it: Jeremy Sumpter plays Peter Pan, who visits the Darling family and takes them to Neverland. Hook and Mr. Darling are played by Jason Isaacs — you know him as Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter series of films.

Why we love it: Despite the fact that it's a story from our childhood, the film does deal with some serious life issues: The responsibilities surrounding adulthood (I mean, how many times have we said to ourselves, "I can't even adult?") and abandonment, for some. What else can you expect from a boy who claims "to die would be an awfully big adventure"?  

Fun Fact: It's the first authorised English-language live action adaptation of J.M. Barrie's story to feature a male in the role of Peter. 

Finding Neverland (2004)

Who's in it: Johnny Depp plays J.M. Barrie, the Scottish playwright who created the character Peter Pan. Kate Winslet plays Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, the woman whose four sons inspired Barrie to pen the play, Peter Pan, or the boy who never grew up in 1904.

Why we love it: Everyone loves a backstory more than anything — coupled with period costumes, Depp in a questionable Scottish accent and his character's sexual tension with Winslet's character, it makes for a guilty Saturday afternoon telemovie screening.

Fun Fact: Depp was reportedly impressed with Freddie Highmore, who played one of the sons. When Depp was cast as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he requested for Highmore to play Charlie Bucket.

For last week's #ThrowbackThursday, click here. Pan opens today in theatres.

Text: Adibah Isa

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