In movie news, wild_irises and I went to see Peter Pan tonight, and I loved it. It had plenty of flaws (including Peter's tendency to occasionally make faces that seemed forced), but I don't plan to discuss them or explore them or think about them. I don't have any interest in picking the movie apart, because I have loved Peter Pan since before I was able to read, and I still love him today. I just want to bask in the things I liked, which were numerous. Everything is visually gorgeous. The mermaids look like they swam right out of a drawing by Brian Froud. The mid-air flying fight scene between Peter and Hook near the end is amazing. The entire film is just wonderfully wonderfully storyish, filled with awe and wonder and absolutely no effort to be realistic, because it is very self-consciously a story. I love it. Love love love.
Jason Isaacs is great as Hook, Tinkerbell is absolutely perfect, the kids are all wonderful (including John, who has always been one of my favorite characters because he's so very proper and British), and now I find myself with a bit of a crush on the young fellow nearly 20 years my junior who played Peter. Mostly because of his eyes and his smile and his hair. He had excellent hair in the film. Excellent Peter Pan hair. I care about these things.
But I probably just have a crush because Peter Pan -- the character -- was my first love. Seriously. When I was 3/4/5 years old, my mom -- wanting to convince me not to save wilting helium balloons in my bedroom -- told me that when you let a balloon go and it flies up into the sky, when you can't see it anymore, when the teeniest tiniest speck of balloon vanishes, that means that Peter Pan has it. From then on, whenever I got a helium balloon, I let it go immediately, then watched the sky very very carefully until I was sure that Peter Pan had caught it. Little helium-filled love tokens.
I loved Peter Pan with a pre-school passion. My second love, Speed Racer, never even came close to measuring up.
And, really, my youthful love of Peter Pan isn't surprising, looking back. I'm a complete sucker for stories about stories, and that's exactly what Peter Pan is. I'm only surprised my tastes emerged so early.
I'll almost certainly buy the movie on DVD. I'm just a sucker for Peter Pan.