From the classic 1953 Disney animated adaptation to Steven Spielberg’s Hook in 1991, many filmmakers have tried to reinvent J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan on the silver screen with varying results. The latest director to walk the plank is Joe Wright; giving us a new origin story for the boy who wouldn’t grow up, the occasional entertaining set-piece can’t stop Pan from being a forgettable, CGI-overloaded mess.
Director Joe Wright (of Atonement (2007), Pride & Prejudice (2005) fame) teams up with muse Keira Knightley for the third time in Anna Karenina (2012), an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s esteemed 19th century novel. Slated for release in the fall (right when the awards season begins to heat up), Wright’s latest offering looks set for Oscar contention.
Penned by award-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard (1998’s Shakespeare in Love), Knightley plays the titular character, an aristocrat who maintains a loveless marriage to a much older government official Alexei Karenin (Jude Law), abiding by the Russian high-societal norms of the time. When she encounters the more suitably-aged bachelor Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson), she begins to question her happiness, and in doing so change comes to her family, friends, and community.
Watch the trailer on CineVue here.