Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990s sensibility in Hook. Peter Pan has become Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a 40-year-old mergers and acquisitions lawyer with a permanent scowl on his face and a cellular phone in his belt. Banning has lost any memory of being Peter Pan, and he is also in danger of losing his wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) and two children, Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott). Peter and his family travel to London to visit Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) who recalls Peter's lost youth and asks him, "Peter, dear, don't you know who you are?" With Peter's children asleep in the same bedroom where the original Peter Pan story began, there is a blinding flash. Peter comes into the room to discover a note from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), informing Peter that he has kidnapped his children. Granny Wendy now tells him who he really is and encourages him to re-discover his happy thoughts, transform himself into the Peter Pan of the past, and go rescue his children. With the encouragement of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), Peter recalls the birth of his son and once again takes wing. Then it's off to Never Land to rescue his kids.~Paul Brenner
Hook is presented on 4K UHD courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with a 2160p transfer in 2.40:1. Take a deep breath when the Tri Star logo appears, because it looks pretty rough, with a kind of swarm like, yellowish grainfield, but once the film starts things improve materially. There are still some fairly wide variances in grain resolution, not necessarily linked to the film's many opticals, but overall things resolve really beautifully, with a natural, organic appearance that provides a nice texture and depth. A few kind of odd looking moments crop up every now and again, as in the brief shot of the Pan Am jet circa 6:10, where grain suddenly spikes pretty dramatically. Detail levels are noticeably improved throughout the presentation, especially in close-ups. Two in particular are almost astounding in the new levels of detail, and they both feature faces — the first is when Peter awakens in the pirate hideaway and his eye is seen through a tear in some fabric, and later in the film there's a kind of "mirroring" sequence featuring an immense close-up of Hook's face (and mustache), with both of these moments offering really impressive levels of fine detail.