Walken as Hook? That sounded wrong to me the moment I heard about it. I’ve loved him in everything I’ve seen him in, but I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around him as Captain Hook in a lighthearted musical comedy. The bits I hear and see in the commercials don’t do anything to help matters. His reading of the lines sounds wrong to me! The pacing and energy level don’t play well for me at all.
The question is: casting brilliance or casting mistake?
I’m going with mistake, but I’m probably wrong, and it will turn out well. (This post is just my attempt to let out the weirdness.)
The surprising thing is that Walken originally trained as a dancer in musical theatre and has experience as a choreographer. He’s appeared in some stage musicals and even in some musical videos.
But hearing that distinctive Christopher Walken voice and diction reading Hook’s lines is really, really weird to me.
I think it’s the energy level thing. Walken has a kind of laid back low-key style. It can be very menacing, so he does make an excellent villain. And he is an excellent actor with a great deal of range.
The brilliance may come from casting against type and creating something different and unique.
I hate different and unique!
No, I’m kidding (honestly). What I meant to say is that I love different and unique and have pursued them my entire life. I’m either growing into my curmudgeonhood here or there’s just something about this that strikes me wrong.
[Plus winter cold and darkness plus the whole “season thing” kind of have me off my feed anyway and not really into posting anything serious. Not sure I’m really into posting anything at all, so this is what you get today.]
As long as I’m pointlessly complaining, I’m tempted to add that Allison Williams makes a very feminine Peter Pan to my eye… but Mary Martin kinda trumps her on that, so there is certainly precedent. (As a side note, she’s the daughter of well-known (and well-regarded) journalist Brian Williams.)
Meh, whatever. Ain’t no big thang. I’m pretty obviously outside the intended demographic, so not only is my opinion on this likely wrong, it’s utterly moot.
But it’s my blog and I’ll moot if I want to.
I’m not sure I’ll watch… Baseball is about the only TV I watch in real time anymore. I rely on OnDemand for most of the shows I follow.
There is also that I was never a fan of the Peter Pan story anyway. It never really did anything for me — none of the Disney-type stuff ever did. I’m not sure I was ever really young enough to appreciate it.
(Wizard of Oz is another one I never got into even as a kid — I was into science fiction from nearly when I began reading, and it kind of ruined me for “kiddie” stories. Winnie the Pooh and his British reflection, Paddington Bear, were the only childhood stories that ever really grabbed me. Pooh still does.)
On the other hand, Minnie Driver narrates and plays adult Wendy, and I have a long-standing mini-crush on Minnie Driver (and, yes, I do follow About A Boy — it’s not bad).
So who knows — I’ll have to check my “busy schedule.” Part of me rejects the idea of “television events” or the idea of tuning in just to see what happens. They count on that to sell ads (which is what it’s really all about), and I like to confound those expectations. (Why, yes, I am a Contrarian. How did you know? I was also once a Librarian even though my sign isn’t in Libra.)
Maybe after it airs (this Thursday) someone can come back and tell me what they thought.