Slide Show: ‘Pan’ flop may be on the same scale as ‘Lone Ranger’
‘A pandemic of poor choices’
Reviews for “Pan” on Rotten Tomatoes are fairly awful with critics giving it a 22% approval rating. Among the problems cited: the overall “joyless” undercurrent, campy overacting, a plot that feels hurried and messy, visually chaotic CGI-fueled action sequences, and concepts that appear recycled from filmmakers like Baz Luhrmann, Terry Gilliam and George Lucas.
In the film, the cast sings Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop,” but it’s not a musical, and there’s no explanation of what purpose those songs serve in a picture that opens in the World War II era. Reviewers are also calling out a scene that they say blatantly rips off “Star Wars.”
The consensus is “Pan” falls flat on almost every level, unable to capture the spirit or magic of Barrie’s powerful story.
“‘Pan’ is, for the most part, ugly to look at, shrill to listen to, and performed by actors who have been encouraged to camp it up madly in the style usually favored by aging British sitcom stars playing storybook characters in Christmas panto productions.” — Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
“That’s a lot of lousy ideas crammed into the first 30 minutes. The whole movie’s like that. You walk out of ‘Pan’ feeling flattened, and bummed out…Wright has made good films (‘Atonement’) and mixed-up, crazily theatrical ones (‘Anna Karenina’). With ‘Pan’ he has what I hope will always mark his career low point — the most joyless revisionism since Disney’s ‘The Lone Ranger.’” — Michael Phillips, L.A. Times/Chicago Tribune
“‘Pan’ evokes no longing for childhood and innocence, has no feeling of magic or transcendence, no beauty, laughter or pain — in short, nothing that you might reasonably expect from a ‘Peter Pan‘ spinoff… a complete washout, a joyless, pointless and fundamentally idiotic enterprise.” — Mike LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
The film becomes a “seriously extended chase that possesses hefty CGI-propelled dynamics but absolutely no suspense and a very limited sense of fun.” — Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter