Young tearaway Jim Hawkins gains possession of a holographic map detailing the location of Treasure Planet, where legendary space-age pirate Nathaniel Flint stashed the loot of a thousand foes. Chartering a decidedly motley crew, Jim goes in search of t
Disproving Empires recent theory that any movie is better simply by being set in space, Disneys latest re-run of Robert Louis Stevensons yarn doesnt benefit from its Star Wars-styled fittings. Graced with an impressive look, Treasure Planet lacks the verve and fizz of its premise.
Aimed squarely at current kid culture, Gordon-Levitts Jim Hawkins is a pony-tailed skate kid with attitude meaning we have a sullen hero who is difficult to root for. From Hawkins benefactor, Dr. Doppler, to Emma Thompsons Captain Amelia, via the pivotal John Silver (here a cyborg), the character dynamics are ill-delineated.
That said, the films signature imagery is impressive and there are some good set-pieces: Jim steering a turbo-powered surfboard through rocky canyons (very Podrace). But factor in some misguided attempts at comedy and a few unmemorable rock tracks, and the result is Disney in a minor key.
While there is nothing particularly inept about <b>Treasure Planet</b>, the pedigree of directors Musker and Clements (<b>The Little Mermaid, Aladdin</b>) promised better things.