When I was 10, I loved the movie Hook in a way that only a 10-year-old could. “Sure,” I thought, “an aging Mork with shaved arms in green tights. Nothing weird about that.” Or, “this food fight scene seems to be lasting about 45 minutes–I’m loving it!”
But do you know what I did not like very much at all (aside from the way Robin Williams somehow developed pointy ears after “remembering” who he really was. Gross)? That brash, cocky young pretender to the Lost Boys’ throne, Rufio. He was so edgy, so pouty–so definitely a Lost Boy for the ’90s, or at least Steven Spielberg’s late-’80s reckoning of what a ’90s Lost Boy might be (which seemed to be something that might have crawled out of a trashcan in a Billy Idol music video).
Over time, my attitude toward Rufio softened to the point where, as an adult, I have mixed feelings about seeing actor Dante Basco reprising the role for which he will always be known/pigeonholed/mocked in this semi-sarcastic “homemade” remake. I mean, I love that his armor is made out of plastic spoons, and I think the college-aged guy that plays Peter Pan’s son Jack sells his character’s life-changing moment of clarity a little better than in the actual movie, but where is this all leading for Rufio?
Hopefully it’s just a publicity stunt to lure financiers into the feature-length Rufio prequel he has in the works. Even though we had our differences in the past, I’d hate to think Neverland’s brash, untamable warlord has become a pawn in someone else’s game.
(via Laughing Squid)