VOD REVIEW: Come Away doesn’t quite make Peter Pan backstory soar

The original Disney Peter Pan is one of my favourite films of all time. I’ve cherished it for years, and I have seen every iteration and spinoff that exists.

So it was with both trepidation and nervousness I watched Come Away, a film in the universe. Though director Brenda Chapman has made a visually stunning, absolutely gorgeous picture, it lacks some of the whimsy and heart that made the original a classic.

When their oldest brother dies, Peter and Alice try to save their parents from the difficulties of that tragedy. But between their imaginary Neverland and the real world, they must also find a way to cope without fantasy.

The young stars – Gugu Mbatha-Raw especially – shine, and they’re backed up by some incredibly lovely adult thespians.

It is so nice to see Angeline Jolie onscreen, and I’ve always been a huge fan of David Oyelowo. Even Michael Caine pops up. There is no shortage of talent here.

I suppose I just wish that for adapted a film based on a labour of love and playfulness, it was just a bit more fun.

2.5/5 Stars

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