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Peter Pan




by Peter Malone,14-JAN-2004

Peter Pan

Director: P.J. Hogan
Cast: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Rachel Hurd-Wood
Duration: 113 minutes

A lavish production, filmed at Australia's Gold Coast studios. Co-writer and director is P.J.Hogan who made his mark with Muriel's Wedding and My Best Friend's Wedding. He obviously has great devotion to playwright J.M.Barrie and his immortal creation, Peter Pan.

Peter Pan has had many incarnations on stage, screen and television. It has been pointed out that he is usually played by a girl or a woman. While Disney's animated 1953 Peter Pan and the recent Return to Neverland have Peter as a boy, this film has a boy playing our hero. (Though, I should add, that I sorely missed 'Never Smile at a Crocodile' this time round.) Some critics have got themselves into a lather in their reviews, taking the opportunity to execrate Steven Spielberg for Hook - Spielberg was trying to interpret his own life and career through Peter Pan as a middle aged executive who had grown up and forgotten Neverland and needed to go back there, something that this Peter Pan gives as a reason for not growing up.)

Hogan recreates a turn of the century London that we are familiar with from stories like Mary Poppins. Mr Darling could be straight out of Mary Poppins with his subservient business nose to the grindstone, not understanding his children too well. In the meantime, they are being bossed about by their socially climbing aunt, Lynn Redgrave. Their mother, Olivia Williams, loves them, even if they cavort around the house playing pirates and they do have their dog, Nana, as their nurse. This is the situation when Peter Pan comes knocking on their window to retrieve his shadow which was cut off in their room.

Off they go to Neverland to find Lost Boys, fight pirates and confront the wicked Captain Hook. There is plenty of adventure, swordfights, especially with Peter and Wendy showing their derring-do. The Darling boys forget home. Wendy becomes an honorary pirate. Where will it end, especially as Mrs Darling sits vigil at their window night after night.

The question is: do they want to grow up? Is childhood in Neverland the goal in life? It is best to be the eternal boy? And, the invitation to the audience to join in and bring Tinkerbell back to life: 'We believe in fairies'?

Jeremy Sumpter, a touch too American to be the perfect Peter Pan, combines natural charm with a smirk that makes you wonder who innocent he is and how manipulating he is. Rachel Hurd-Wood is a lovely and vigorous Wendy. Ludivine Sagnier is a cheeky (sometimes irritating) Tinkerbell. As in the theatre productions, Mr Darling and Captain Hook are played by the same actor. Jason Isaacs seems very meek as the children's father but is more than lifesize as Hook. He showed he could do dastard in The Patriot and the second Harry Potter film.

Perhaps the pudding has too many rich ingredients to make it the satisfying delight that would be truly magical.



小飛俠2004

導演:P.J.荷根
演員:謝洛美森柏特、積遜艾薩斯、莉素賀活
片長:113分鐘

本片在澳洲黃金海岸片場拍攝,製作豐富;聯合編劇兼導演P.J.荷根曾執導的佳作包括〈一顆恨嫁的心〉及〈真的想嫁你〉,很明顯他深愛劇作家J.M.巴里及其不朽創作〈小飛俠〉。

小飛俠在舞台、銀幕及電視上曾出現不同的化身,許多人均留意到「小飛俠」一角通常由女孩或女性扮演。在迪士尼1953年製作的動畫〈小飛俠〉及近期的〈飛越夢幻島〉,小飛俠都是個男孩;這次小男孩更是眾人的英雄(我必須指出,非常懷念澳洲一首兒歌〈永不向鱷魚微笑〉)有些影評曾借機評擊史提芬史匹堡的〈鐵鉤船長〉,史匹堡曾嘗試將自己對生命及事業的看法透過電影表達:小飛俠長大後成了中年的主管,忘記了夢幻島的事,現在需要重返舊地;片中的小飛俠正好給了「不長大」的理由。

荷根重構一世紀前的倫敦,仿如我們熟識的電影〈歡樂滿人間〉。達令先生為了生意卑躬屈膝、勞碌奔波,並不了解子女的心意。這時,孩子們被追逐名利的姑母蓮烈姬芙弄得團團轉。達令太太奧莉花威廉絲鍾愛孩子,即使他們在家裡跳躍不定及玩海盜遊戲;他們更養有狗隻作為看護。小飛俠就在此時叩響他們的窗戶,取回自己被切斷的影子。

之後他們一起前往夢幻島找尋一群迷童,與海盜及邪惡的鐵鉤船長對抗到底。電影充滿冒險及比劍場面,尤其是小飛俠與雲蒂展示出英勇。達令家族的男孩將家鄉拋諸腦後,雲蒂更成為受人尊敬的海盜。究竟結局如何?達令太太每晚也坐在窗前守候孩子們歸來。

問題是:孩子們希望長大嗎?夢幻島的童年是否就是生命的終點?永遠長不大的男孩是否就是最好的?本片邀請觀眾一起參與,並賦予仙女小叮噹生命:「我們相信童話故事嗎?」

謝洛美森柏特飾演的小飛俠略為美國化,他的迷人與傻氣結合,令人分辨不到他是天真抑或是控制一切。莉素賀活扮演可愛及充滿活力的雲蒂;露迪雲仙妮亞則是厚臉皮(有時使人煩厭)的仙女小叮噹。在舞台劇的版本,達令先生與鐵鉤船長由同一演員扮演,積遜艾薩斯飾演孩子們的父親看來非常溫順,但扮演鐵鉤船長則略嫌高大。他曾在〈孤軍雄心〉及〈哈利波特消失的密室〉扮演卑鄙小人。

或許本片的材料過於豐富,難以討人喜歡;若可以做到的話,故事相信會是奇妙的。


翻譯:TMG
編輯:王慧慈


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