Jude Law Stars In A Remake No One Wanted But Yet It’s A Streaming Smash Hit

Disney's newest live-action remake, Peter Pan & Wendy, starring Jude Law, is streaming at the top of the charts on Disney+.

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

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Peter Pan & Wendy has topped the Disney streaming charts following its April 28 release. The data was released by FlixPatrol, a site that tracks viewership across platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, and HBO Max. Directed by David Lowery from a screenplay he co-wrote with Toby Halbrooks, the film stars Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson in the title roles alongside Jude Law as Captain Hook.

The story follows Wendy Darling, a young girl who spends her last night at home with her parents and her two younger brothers before going to boarding school. Wendy is unhappy about leaving and tells her mother she does not want to grow up. Later that night, she is visited by Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up.

Peter takes Wendy and her brothers to the magical world of Neverland, where they have adventures with pirates, mermaids, and fairies. Wendy slowly becomes a mother figure to Peter’s Lost Boys and helps them in their battles against the villainous Captain Hook (Jude Law). The movie has been praised for its girl-powering narrative, with Wendy becoming a strong and compelling character.

Yara Shahidi stars as Tinker Bell with Alyssa Wapanatâhk, Joshua Pickering, Jacobi Jupe, Molly Parker, Alan Tudyk, and Jim Gaffigan in supporting roles. The remake has made some changes to the original story, such as the inclusion of girls in the “Lost Boys” group. Peter Pan & Wendy also has a darker tone, with a gloomy look into the past, courtesy of Jude Law’s Captain Hook.

Peter Pan & Wendy received positive reviews with a 65 percent critics score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The site’s general consensus says the film’s “obligatory fidelity to the animated classic keeps it from achieving Neverland nirvana.” Still, the project has been praised for updating the original tale by saving the good parts and tossing out some of its outdated stereotypes.

The audience reception of the Jude Law movie has been mixed, with some expressing disappointment that Peter Pan & Wendy did not offer much of anything new. However, the streaming charts indicate that despite fans experiencing reboot burnout, they are still watching. Disney has remade several of its classic animated films in recent years.

From The Lion King to Aladdin, Disney has taken beloved stories and updated them for modern audiences. Most of these remakes have been a huge success, leaving many wondering why they continue to resonate with audiences. The biggest reason is nostalgia. Many of these films were initially released in the 90s and early 2000s.

As such, they have a strong emotional connection with audiences who grew up with them. By bringing these stories to life in a new way, Disney is tapping into that nostalgia and providing longtime fans with a fresh take on these beloved stories. Another reason for the success of remakes is the talent attached to the films, like Jude Law in Peter Pan & Wendy and Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast.

The success of these remakes is also due to updating classic stories for modern audiences. Many of the original animated films were created during a time when some archaic themes and storylines were more widely accepted. Removing these harmful elements makes these stories more relevant to today’s audiences while maintaining the original tale’s heart and soul.

Another reason for Disney’s trend of remakes is the financial boost they bring the studio. These movies often earn millions of dollars at the box office while generating vast merchandise sales. By leveraging its established brand, A-list talents like Jude Law, and iconic characters, Disney has attracted a wider audience, including folks who may not be familiar with the original films.

However, some audiences are growing wary of remakes. Some argue that they lack the creativity and magic of the originals. Others have expressed their desire for more original content with new and innovative stories that break away from the predictable formula. Despite these criticisms, Disney shows no signs of slowing down.

Most recently, the studio has released a new version of The Little Mermaid and Pinocchio as audiences continue to stream their favorite stories.  Peter Pan & Wendy, starring Jude Law, is just another example of the remake trend.