THE SOCIAL COMMENTARY IN THE FILM
The film explores themes such as the loss of innocence, the power of imagination, the importance of family, and the conflict between tradition and modernity.
I love the way it criticizes corporate culture and consumerism through the exploration of Peter’s character (even if it takes way too long to do so). An obsessed workaholic, Peter neglects his children, his wife, and the other people who are important to him. He cares solely about climbing the ladder of success and doesn’t flinch at what he is sacrificing to get there. He is the epitome of an adult with no fun or creativity in his life and the parallels they draw to that making him a pirate, are spot on.
The rigid hierarchical society of pirates is the perfect metaphor for the business world. Hook rules through fear and violence. His underlings are obsessed with money, success, and glory, even though it’s clear they’re all expendable pieces serving only to make their captain richer.
Meanwhile, The Lost Boys are playful, adventurous, and loyal, and have a strong connection with nature and each other. They are used to show the power imagination and storytelling have as coping mechanisms for reality. As Peter regains his memory, he does so by listening to stories and playing games. We see imagination as not only a source of entertainment, but it is the road to expressing emotions, discovering oneself, and exploring endless possibilities in life.