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Speaking as a lifelong Peter Pan fan, 'Wendy' is a distinctive retelling worth watching / Port Townsend Leader

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At this point, there must be as many "reimaginings" of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan stories as there have been relatively faithful retellings of the source materials themselves. In part, this is because Barrie's characters, like Grimms' Fairy Tales, have been so memetically portrayed by Disney that many people forget how dark their original tales actually were.

But I suspect it also owes to how many facets there are to the Peter Pan mythos, to the extent that everyone sees something different in them. Asking someone what they like best about Peter Pan is a sort of Rorschach test that tells you more about who they are than who the character of Peter Pan might be.

It makes sense, then, that director and co-screenwriter Benh Zeitlin would deliver such a revisionary take on Peter Pan with "Wendy," which gives us a black Peter Pan and a Wendy Darling who's the true driving protagonist of the narrative, in a well-intentioned effort to open up Barrie's Edwardian-era tales of adventure for English school boys, so boys and girls around the world can see themselves taking part in those adventures.

That being said, this is an incredibly American take on Peter Pan, with the Darling family updated from a middle-class London household to an American Southern single mother raising her rambunctiously grubby kids in the bedrooms above the whistle-stop greasy spoon diner she runs during the day.

Speaking as a lifelong Peter Pan fan, this is a distinctive retelling worth watching.

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