Villain’s review published on Letterboxd:
I'm sure I would have more of an appreciation for Hook if I had seen it when I was a kid. I felt like I was constantly looking at this movie with a strong critical eye and forgetting that its a harmless kids film. Its got some charm, but I couldn't help but feel like it could've been so much better than it is.
Peter Pan is a character that suits Spielberg and I would say that all the key characters are very well cast, although I'd say that only Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins meet their true potential in their roles. Robin Williams seems like the ideal choice for the casting of Peter Pan since he had such a youthful energy, but he spends too much trying time trying to figure out who he is. Its only a short section of a pretty long film where he really feels like Peter Pan. Julia Roberts also seems like a perfect choice for Tinker Bell on paper, but watching her play the role just never really clicked for me. The low key romance between Peter and Tink seemed a bit out of place too.
The film has some pretty universal themes about hanging on to your inner child. Sometimes it seems to be a bit on the nose, but again, its a movie for kids. There are some glimpses at some Spielberg magic and the John Williams score doesn't hurt. Its just not one of his strongest films.