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December 24th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Hook – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”

Hook (1991)

A live-action film of Peter Pan had been in the works since the mid 80s with Steven Spielberg. He was originally developing a musical and even Michael Jackson was considered for the lead role but the king of pop wasn’t too keen on Peter growing up, so he declined. Spielberg bowed out and Nick Castle stepped in and brought some of his own ideas to the table in creating a serious telling of Peter Pan. Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman both became attached to the project early on but had creative differences with Castle and the studio wanted Spielberg back. Castle was let go and Steven was persuaded to return.

Hook got mixed reviews on release but that didn’t stop the public from seeing it and it made over $300 million worldwide. Over time it has gained more fans and more haters. Some feel it’s way too cheesy with many claiming the sets don’t look real and it falls apart once it gets to Neverland but many love the humour and the strong emotional moments throughout the film.

Did you love Hook as a kid or did you think it was one of Spielberg’s weaker films?

Let’s a take back!.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.