Okay I’m just going to be open about this: I still have nightmares about the boo box. So yeah, besides scarring your children with arachno-claustrophobic images that last a lifetime, this movie is pretty good.
Maybe this is because I became a father two days ago, but for me this movie is about what it really means to be a dad. As you saw in the clip above, Hook holds a school lesson on Why Parents Hate Their Children in which he says, “Before you were born they were happier.”
I can say without the slightest hesitation that having a child has made me happier than I have ever been before. Sure, I may not get to travel the world, or sleep in on the weekends, or buy whatever I used to buy with the money I’m about to spend on diapers, but I don’t care. For once in my life I have the chance to change a life before it’s lived, and that is worth far more than anything else I could ever hope to achieve.
At the end of this movie, when one of the lost boys is dying, he looks at grown-up Peter Pan and says, “I wish I had a dad like you.” One day, when I’m the one on my deathbed, I can only hope to hear my son say to me, “I’m glad I had a dad like you.”
“My father…was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it.” – Enos 1:1