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This big-budget prequel to the Peter Pan story adds little to the legacy of Jm Barrie’s classic
Like so many revisionist Peter Pan spin-offs, from Spielberg’s dismal Hook to Fernando Trueba’s unfairly maligned The Mad Monkey, Joe Wright’s multimillion-dollar prequel has already proved an unloved progeny, abandoned at the Us box office amid gloating “Pan gets panned” headlines. It’s actually not that bad, although crucially, it’s not that good either. With its piratical blend of Happy Feet-style reconfigured pop hits (Smells Like Teen Spirit, Blitzkrieg Bop), creaky funfair sets and weightlessly ropey wire-work, Pan is hardly timeless fare. Hugh Jackman plays Blackbeard, who steals away children to Neverland, like the bastard son of Johnny Depp and Dick Emery – all teeth, hair and gurning theatricality. He’s fun, but no match for Kathy Burke’s Mother Barnabas, or Adeel Akhtar’s consistently scene-stealing Sam Smiegel. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Nobbs, who was best known as a comedy writer, was also a longstanding patron of the British Humanist Association, which, along with his agent, confirmed he had died.
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I didn't get where I am today by not knowing what a genius David Nobbs was. Rip
Very sad to hear of the death of inspirational David Nobbs, who I had quite a few laughs with. A comic genius and an excellent human being.
David Nobbs was a genius of English comedy. That is an astonishing loss. Very sad news indeed.
Very sad today to hear of the death of David Nobbs. »
- Kevin Rawlinson
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