|“||Oh, I hate being disappointed, Smee. And I hate living in this flawed body. And I hate living in Neverland. And I hate... I hate... I HATE PETER PAN!||„|
Captain James Hook is the titular main antagonist in the 1991 film Hook, which serves as a sequel of sorts to the original Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie.
He is a pirate captain from Neverland who seeks revenge on Peter Banning (also known as adult Peter Pan) by kidnapping his kids, and eventually attempts to get his kids to like him to get back at his old nemesis.
|“||(Peter Banning: Could someone give me a hand?) I already have.||„|
|~ Captain Hook and Peter Pan (Banning)|
Years ago Peter Pan cut off Hook's left hand, and fed it to a crocodile who had previously swallowed an alarm clock. After which, Hook replaced his missing hand with a hook. All the time Peter Pan had been humiliating Hook for a long time. Since then Hook has been seeking revenge on Peter Pan. The two have been battling each other for a long time, until one day Peter decided to stay and marry Wendy's granddaughter; Moira so he could be a father. During that time, Hook managed to kill the crocodile and turned it into a clock that doesn't making a ticking sound. However he still remained terrified whenever he heard a clock ticking and smashed every ticking clock he saw. He also found Pan's home and burned it when he didn't return to Neverland.
Hook eventually found out what happened to Peter Pan, and that he was all grown up, was married and was a father of two. So he decided to exact his revenge on Pan.
Kidnapping Peter's Kids
While Peter's family is visiting his wife's grandmother Wendy, in London, Hook arrived in the middle of the night and kidnaps Jack and Maggie, Pan's kids. However, by this time, Peter, now known as Peter Banning, had forgotten about his previous life in Neverland. With the help of Tinkerbell, Peter arrived in Neverland. Eventually Peter, disguised as a pirate, came across Hook. Hook gloated to his crew that he was the one who kidnapped Peter Pan's kids, and tossed one of his crew into a torture devise known as the Boo Box for doubting that Hook could kidnap the kids.
However, Peter blew his cover and told Hook that those were his kids. Hook was surprised that the person he was talking to was Peter Pan. He decided to let Peter's kids go, if Peter could touch both of his kids' hands. Hook was hoping that Peter would fly to rescue his kids, but after witnessing Peter climbing to try to reach for his kids, Hook realizes that Peter had forgotten that he was Peter Pan. So Hook decided to cancel the war between each other and was about to kill the three.
However, Tinker Bell showed up and managed to convince Hook that if he gave her three days, both she and The Lost Boys could put him back into shape and he could have their war. Hook accepted her offer, but not before forcing Peter to walk the plank. While Peter was training for the next three days so he could defeat Hook, Hook was trying to influences both Jack and Maggie to turn against Peter Pan. Maggie was able to ignore Hook, but Jack ended up being persuaded by Hook, and eventually joined Hook's crew.
|“||I WANT MY MOMMY!||„|
|~ Last words before Hook's "demise"|
After regaining his memory and ability to fly much to Hook's joy, Peter Pan and Hook began their war. During the fighting between the Lost Boys and Pirates, Hook confronted Rufio in sword combat, and ended up killing him. After witnessing Hook murdering Rufio, an angry Peter confronted Hook. After seeing his father care so much about one of his own Lost Boys, Jack reverses his decision to join the pirates, prompting Peter to ignore Hook and leave with Jack to join Maggie and the other Lost Boys. Hook however, is not amused and furiously beckons Peter to come back and duel with him or else he would never stop hounding him and kidnap future generations of his family.
Deciding to end Hook's threats once and for all, Peter excepts and they have a one-on-one duel. In the end, Peter is victorious but at the request of his children saying that Hook is only a spiteful man without parents who can no longer hurt them, spares the captain's life, and simply tells him to leave Neverland and never return.
Unfortunately, Hook does not redeem himself and grabs an off guard Peter, while saying "Fools. James Hook is Neverland".
Hook prepares to kill Peter with his infamous hook, but Tinker Bell intervenes and Hook ends up stabbing the huge crocodile (now turned into a clocktower), apparently bringing it back to life. And in a rather dramatic fashion, it falls over a terrified Hook, and eats him for good. Peter Pan and the Lost Boys are victorious and the ultimate war is officially over. Peter went home to his kids in London and leaves Thud in charge of the Lost Boys.
|“||What would the world be like without Captain Hook?||„|
|~ Captain Hook|
|“||He'll crow, he'll fight, he'll fly and then he'll die!||„|
|~ Hook plotting to murder Peter|
|“||Peter, I swear to you, wherever you go, wherever you are, I vow they'll always be daggers bearing notes signed James Hook. They will be flung at the doors of your children's children's children. Do you hear me?||„|
|~ Hook threatening never to leave Peter alone unless he fights him|
|“||Peter: What do you want old man?
Hook: [Hook points at Peter with his hook] Just you.
|~ Hook demanding to face Peter|
|“||Hook: Prepare to die, Peter!
Peter: To die would be a great adventure.
Hook: Death is the only adventure you have left!
|~ Hook and Peter preparing to fight|
|“||Whenever children read, it will say: "Thus perished Peter Pan!"||„|
|~ Captain Hook about to kill Peter Pan|
- This version of Captain Hook was the hardest to portray because it attempted to portray an older Hook to cross with an older Peter Pan.
- Dustin Hoffman's performance as Captain Hook is considered the best portrayal of the character, second to or rivalling that of Jason Isaacs from the 2003 Peter Pan film.
- Interestingly, the 2003 film in which Isaacs starred as Captain Hook was originally planned to be a prequel to Hook, but the idea was dropped because Hoffman wasn't interested in playing Hook again.
- Dustin Hoffman's acclaimed performance as Hook, tied with the late Robin Williams' performance as Peter, is considered one of the two best qualities of the film, which received mostly mixed reviews back when it was released though it has gone to become a cult classic nowadays.
- In the novelization of the film, there's an scene where Captain Hook is played sympathetically while talking with Maggie Banning. The scene has Maggie asking him from her cell if he has a mommy or any relatives, to which Hook replies that he has no time for those things due to his responsibility of keeping order aboard his ship. Feeling that Hook is unhappy because of this, Maggie reaches out the captain's hand and expresses her sadness over his situation, leading Hook to look at her sadly before angrily shoving her hand back and leaving.