Weigh In (Bangarang Edition): Hook

Dante Basco as Rufio and Robin Williams as Peter Banning.

Dante Basco as Rufio and Robin Williams as Peter Banning.

We’re treading dangerous ground here on Can We Still Be Friends?  In our next episode we’re facing off against our younger selves by rewatching a movie that we loved as children, but haven’t seen since then.  It’s entirely possible we’ll ruin our entire childhoods with this episode.

We know a lot of people our age grew up watching and rewatching Hook, so we want to hear your memories of it.  Maybe you never liked it. Do you think Rufio was overrated and Thud Butt was the real hero among the Lost Boys?  Or are you Rufio all the way, and you still find yourself daydreaming about those spiky, spiky locks? Do you still yell “Bangarang!” when you execute an above average parallel parking job?  We’d also like to know if you’ve seen it as an adult and if returning to Neverland after a long time away caused you to lose your ability to believe in fairies.

Make sure to watch it again with us, and remember that you can still get in touch with us on any of our previous episodes.

In the meantime, let this inexplicable (and kind of sad, really) video reignite/kill your love for Rufio.  Why the real Rufio ever agreed to this, I can’t say.

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  1. I can quote many scenes backwards and forwards. The hero, in my young mind, was (and still is) the movie’s namesake character: Captain J.S. Hook. I know, I know, he’s the villain. But Dustin Hoffman’s elegant portrayal of this otherwise over-done character left a larger-than-life imprint on my young mind. His screen presence was enormous: a considerable feat considering Hoffman’s actual stature, which my dad reminded me of every time we watched the film. A villain with class and a sense of decorum. Even despite the “bad form” and trickery that ends in his demise, he is a great and worthy opponent to the very end in my book.

    • That’s a really interesting look. I remember being a kid and wondering why they called it “Hook” and not “Peter Pan,” but I don’t think I ever thought about it beyond asking the question. I’m excited to watch it again with this in mind. Did you admire him as a child?

  2. ….it’s so good.

    I got to watch part of it again last year, and was struck by how serious the drama is, particularly at the beginning. I focused on the Neverland portions as a kid, on the fantastical sets and action, but as adult paid more attention to the inner conflict of Peter realizing he’s failing his kids, etc.

    • As I’ve been thinking about it, I’ve wondered how I’ll see the adult side of it. The themes of abandonment and “home” are pretty advanced, and while I know I took notice of them as a kid, I bet the didn’t strike me as so serious. They make escaping to Neverland seem pretty awesome (if you’re not kidnapped by pirates), so I never thought that being stuck there was such a tragedy. Can you think of why it struck such a chord with our generation? Is the action and fun so well done? I know there are plenty of quality fun, action-y movies from that time period, so did Hook speak to something more?

      • I’m not sure, when you put it that way. For me I don’t necessarily think it was anything deep and enduring that attracted me to it. Looking back I think I enjoyed the play-set craziness of the sets, which looked like something I’d love to run around and play in (like “Legend of the Hidden Temple” on Nickelodeon) and the fantastic (in the fantasy genre sense) aesthetic. I think it’s as close to a high-budget fantasy film that we’d get until Lord of the Rings, if you ignore Willow and maybe the Never-ending Story (neither of which I cared for).

  3. Hook-themed 7th birthday party circa early 1992. Needless to say, best ever. Bangarang.

  4. I did not realize that this was an important movie!

    • Its probably a generational thing, but for folks growing up in the early 90s this was certainly an important movie.
      The movie’s importance is pretty astounding considering it got such terrible reviews (currently holding a 31% on Rotten Tomatoes). This is certainly one of the reasons I’m excited and a little terrified to watch it again. Tom, I take it you don’t have such loving, nostalgic memories of Hook?

  5. R.I.P Robin. BANGORANG!

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