With so many versions done on J.M. Barrie's creation, Peter Pan, this one had me set for a Blu-ray purchase rather than a cinema visit. My oldest daughter was excited to see this one but the others were on the fence about it. So, as tradition in our household goes, my oldest daughter opted for my option of buying it on Blu-ray, rather than the usually expensive cinema visit.
Enter "Pan" in our home theater and the experience was a refreshing one that served to interest us all the way to the end. The take on Peter Pan's tale here is certainly a departure from the way it's been played with other versions but we had expected that and even welcomed it. The film flowed well, overall, the visuals were top notch and the acting was well done (Hugh Jackman and Levi Miller are excellent). The transition between worlds (ours and Neverland) was interesting and done in a way to remind the audience that this is a tale steeped in magic, hence, suspend your disbelief and you'll enjoy the film that much more. Then, Peter Pan has never been a tale steeped in realism and that actually works to Pan's advantage. So, I'll recommend the film as worthy family fare with excellent production values but unless you're the kind that's willing to take a leap of faith and have an open mind, you may want to rent this one first.
Regarding the technical merits of the film, the video and audio are top notch all the way. Speaking to the video, the film's locations, whether it be 20th century London or the appropriately scenic Neverland, serves to show off the strong mastery of Pan's video. Colors are bright, details are clear and blacks are well defined...as long as you're watching this in a darkened room, you'll never lose sight of any details in dark scenes. Even bright rooms can give a good viewing experience but you'll still have to draw the shades a bit for the dark scenes. As for the audio, Dolby Atmos offers a rich sense of immersion. Early in the movie, you'll be treated to an exciting sequence that will definitely show off the chops of an Atmos-enabled receiver. The 3D soundscape throughout most of Neverland will put you right beside the characters in their adventure and it'll certainly make you appreciate the experience more with than without it. Setting the speakers to the 7.1 experience still proved to be a treat, indeed, but the Atmos track (5.1.2) certainly adds to the feeling that you're in the movie.
If you can get this for the right price (I picked up ours for $10 on sale), then there's little lost if you'd planned on watching it at your local cinema but missed the chance. This movie's well worth the chance.