In 1992, critic Henry Sheehan wrote a significant and influential overview of Spielberg’s work for Film Comment magazine. The essay was split into two parts, the first can be read here, the second here.
While I don’t agree with everything Sheehan writes, the context of the article makes it an incredibly bold piece of work. This was before Schindler’s List established Spielberg’s reputation as a great dramatic film-maker and directly after Hook had recieved a critical drubbing.
Spielberg’s stock amongst critics was as low as it’s ever been, but Sheehan’s essay went some way to helping re-build his credibility. His final sentence is particularly wonderful.
“By revisiting a classic children’s tale [Peter Pan, through Hook], Spielberg has shown how what is born within us as children guides us through maturity, if we are just willing to use art to remember and to reconcile. And that is a theme rich enough, and put so eloquently, as to be worthy of any artist.”
This is an interesting, and slightly strange, story. Apparently Dante Basco, who played Rufio in Spielberg’s Hook, is looking to make a prequel to the film, focusing on his character.
Speaking to Crave Online, Basco said:
“There’s a film in development, the Rufio film, where a hotshot group of kids from the East Coast graduated and they wrote this whole script, the prequel to Hook and it’s the Rufio story…I’m attached to produce so that’s actually in development right now which’ll be cool, a Rufio for a whole new generation.”