REVIEW: “Peter Pan & Wendy” – A Nostalgic Live-Action Adventure

A notable performance from young stars!
By: Farah Khan
May 12, 2023

Fly away to Neverland with “Peter Pan & Wendy,” the enchanting live-action adaptation of Disney’s beloved 1953 animated film. Directed by David Lowery, this magical journey stars Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson as the mischievous Peter Pan and spirited Wendy, accompanied by everyone’s favorite pixie, Tinker Bell. Brace yourself for swashbuckling adventures and encounter the notorious Captain Hook, portrayed by the charismatic Jude Law.

The development of the live-action adaptation began in 2016, with Lowery at the helm. After several years of script development, production finally commenced in 2021 and took place in various locations, including Vancouver and the Faroe Islands. “Peter Pan & Wendy” premiered on Disney+ on April 28, 2023, and garnered generally favourable reviews from critics.

Peter Pan & Wendy (2023) Review

The film delivers what audiences would expect from a live-action version of a classic Disney animated film. Lowery successfully captures the nostalgic familiarity of the original cartoon feature, which will please many viewers. However, some may have hoped for a more daring approach that would challenge the established narrative. While there have been numerous Peter Pan adaptations, this film does not deconstruct or reinvent the story. Although, like the animated version, it is sure to keep children’s attention to the screen from start to finish.

Jude Law’s Performance

Jude Law’s portrayal of Captain Hook anchors the movie, presenting the character as a neurotic figure with personal issues rather than a terrifying villain. Law’s performance, though commendable, does not leave a lasting impression or offer a distinct interpretation of the character. Nevertheless, he brings an element of relatability to Hook’s origin story, making his character pitiable.

Dark Lighting in Movies

One notable aspect of the film is the lighting. Some viewers have expressed concern about the darkness of contemporary films, and “Peter Pan & Wendy” faces similar criticism. Particularly in the scene where Peter appears in the Darling children’s window, the filmmakers used Tinker Bell as the primary light source. While this creative choice adds a whimsical touch, it does result in some struggles with brightness and dimness, which could have been addressed.


Overall, “Peter Pan & Wendy” boasts strong performances and well-executed filmmaking. The visuals range from aesthetically pleasing to genuinely inspired. However, the film leans heavily on replicating familiar moments and scenery from its animated predecessor, catering to the audience’s desire for nostalgic satisfaction. It falls short of subverting or reinventing the story in the same way Lowery’s previous film, “Pete’s Dragon,” accomplished. Nonetheless, young children will likely enjoy the movie, as it presents bedtime-story morals and conclusions.

In conclusion, “Peter Pan & Wendy” offers a nostalgic and visually appealing live-action adaptation of the classic Disney animated film. While it does not take bold risks or challenge the established narrative, the film succeeds in capturing the magic and spirit of Peter Pan’s timeless story, making it an enjoyable experience for both young and old alike. And the diversity in the film does give a nice inclusive touch to the modern remake.