Synopsis: A street artist is struggling to navigate the rules of growing up in Neverland, all the while his artist community is being pushed out by the greedy real estate mogul, C.J. Hooke.
In this urban reworking of the classic Fairy Tale. Peter Pan is a young street artist who is starting out, but when he receives a letter informing him that his building, which houses a thriving community of artists has been purchased by C.J. Hooke. Young Peter has to find a way to make money fast so he can make the increased rent on time and avoid being evicted from the property.
Peter’s first port of call is to a drag club where he meets up with his childhood friend Tyler who dons the Drag persona of Tinkerbell and pushes the designer drug called Fairy Dust as a sideline. This take on Tinkerbell is not the mischievous and innocent fairy from the cartoons. She is a cynical drag queen with designs on fame and fortune who thinks Peter should grow up and get a big boys’ job.
After his meeting with Tinkerbell doesn’t go as hoped for. Peter takes the drugs and meets up with his on and off again Girlfriend Tiger Lily to see if she will sell the drugs for him. His meeting with Tiger Lily is cut short as Peter has a meeting with a gang called the Lost Boys, which he hopes to get into if he can pass the initiation.
Wynton Odd cuts a fine swagger as the charismatic and boyish Peter Pan who refuses to grow up and chooses to dream instead of being a famed street artist. His scenes throughout are really strong, but it is the scene he shares with Tinkerbell that gives us some proper insight into where he is from. Rex Wheeler makes an immediate impression as Tinkerbell and gets through some rather challenging dialogue, which casts the fairy as more of a cynical opportunist than the fairy that in other depictions is somewhat smitten with Peter and is looking out for him, but that aside, you can really visualize this version of Tinkerbell as being a pretty good friend to have given that Peter is up against. Cameron James Matthews also makes a solid impression as Peters mate Tootles who is the person that vouches for him when he joins The Lost Boys.
Overall. I can’t really fault the acting in this. All the actors put in solid performances and created interesting and relatable characters that you’ll want to hang out with for further adventures.
Given that this is a darker take on the story of Peter Pan. It still manages a few moments of genuine whimsy. The introduction of C.J. Hooke at the close of the episode is handled really well. She is a force to be reckoned and far more confident and more of a sadist than the fairy tale version of the character. I already have visions of her using a live crocodile as a means of torturing one of her victims into signing their property over to her.
We get some nice animated flourishes in this opening chapter of what is hopefully going to be an ongoing thing. I really enjoyed the little animated sequences for small things like when Peter revs his bike or when the leader of The Lost Boys lights up his Zippo Lighter. And the bigger animated sequence, which shows us Peter’s first night with The Lost Boys was a visual treat in a very street art style that fits beautifully with the narrative.
Overall. This is a great first chapter that leaves you wanting more.
The film is going screen on a big screen at The Dances with Films 23 Festival, which will be taking place on 5 and 6 September in Los Angeles and fans are in for a real treat.
- CGI & Stunts9.3
- Incidental Music9.6