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Where will your imagination take you?
Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and her three children who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece “Peter Pan.”
If you have enough faith and imagination, even Johnny Depp's fishy Irish accent will start to feel real.
All jokes aside, I cried.
"Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older." ~ Sir James Barrie
What a delightful, charming and sensitive tale, based on Allan Knee's 1998 off-Broadway play "The Man Who Was Peter Pan." Johnny Depp was perfectly cast as the turn-of-the-century playwright Sir James Barrie. He's right at home acting like a child, never quite growing up and well aware that his "work" is to create a "play." He befriends the widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Kate Winslett), whose four sons provide the inspiration for his greatest stage production, "Peter Pan." Dustin Hoffman, Julie Christie and Radha Mitchell also star, and this bittersweet saga received seven Academy Award nominations, including the Oscar-winning Best Score composed by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.
This is what they mean when they say a film has heart. Marc Forster has crafted a delicate piece here that could easily have gone wrong with its blend of coldness and fantasy, and for all intents and purposes it probably should have. But, grounded by an uncharacteristically subdued performance by Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland manages to successfully navigate the goings-on within the mind of J.M. Barrie as events in his life lead up to the writing of his masterpiece, Peter Pan.
The film breezes by with the lighthearted spirit of its protagonist, yet also balances tragedy well. Now, I did and do feel there is an element of choppiness to the tone, but it completely works: that choppiness is…
I had problems with the story at times, I got bored at times but the movies saved by a good performance from johnny depp and Kate winslet.
Good acting does not make a movie great. That's what this film taught me. Good performances across the board, including the kids. It was refreshing to see Johnny Depp in this role. And Kate Winslet felt real.
The problem for me was the pacing. It felt long and dull. I love Peter Pan, and it's interesting to see some of its background and where things came from. And while that's a main focus of the movie, it doesn't feel like it is. There's times where you get pulled away from that theme and almost forget about it.
I did really enjoy the ending though. It kind of enhanced my outlook on the whole film. So it was good, but I could have lived never finding Finding Neverland.
A beautiful story that is both fun and adventurous but also serious and sad. It promises to make you laugh, smile, and cry, and for that reason it is a great film. Both Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet are brilliant in their roles and each give a stunning performances in their own way. How can you not enjoy a film based around the real-life creations of Peter Pan?
By George, I think I've found it.
Really, though, how could a writer and a dreamer not enjoy this?
Although very nicely shot with some interesting cinematic moments, this film was somewhat formulaic and a little too romanticized for my taste.
Lots of shmaltz, but I suppose it's asinine to point that out. The performances seemed earnest, and some of the themes genuine, but with the Weinstein's clearing courting Oscar it's tough to get past some of the more disingenuous tropes.
The magical tale of the creation of Peter Pan.
I heartily enjoyed the subtle, sophisticated romance between Depp and Winslet. It's so important for the narrative that their relationship lacked a physical nature. Their connection was that of Peter and Wendy; the boy who never grew up and the girl he longed for in his heart.
When telling the story of any creative type you have to have some of their imagination included in the story. Neverland soars when it goes down that road, especially during the pirate ship scene. In the end, it's the children who appreciate Barrie's creation, and that love spreads to all of those around them.
This movie has good intentions. It's hard to hate but difficult for me to love. We've all heard about the movie where the great artist neglects their significant other for the sake of their work. Here, J.M. Barrie is not portrayed as a wife-neglecting play-wright but rather as a man (boy?) who doesn't want to grow up but has the best of intentions. It looks wonderful and the scenes on stage are expertly...um...staged. Not great but worth even a second or third watch.
"When I think of your mother, I will always remember how happy she looked, sitting there in the parlor watching a play about her family, about her boys that never grew up. She went to Neverland."
Apparently, I wouldn't have had watched this movie if one of my best(est) friend didn't beg me to. Yes it sounds actual crazy but that's how she actually got me watching tonight and end up giving 4.5/5.0 rating because it is very, absolutely, beautiful. The core plot. The whole scenes. Everything's magical and insanely stunning. I can't deny that Kate Winslet had her role five-starred because she played great as a mother with four sons (even the sons themselves played really good I cried…
Would have been more interested in what comes afterwards (which is just as depressing minus the maudlin aspect of this movie).
Was one I had to stop watching (though I don't remember why. Had my brain latched onto lung cancer as a possible concern at the time)?
I remember really loving it at the time.
Surprisingly moving movie. Although I'll admit the cold I'm having might be influencing my feelings about this movie.
Also, proof that when Johnny Depp isn't trying to desperately out-Jack Sparrow himself he can actually be a great actor.
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