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.
Film 52 of The December Project
I thought I might need a few synonyms for "mawkish" after watching Finding Neverland. Actually, most of the film isn't bad in that respect; it just showed that sometimes at least 70% of movie-based mawkishness is made of music. Specifically, insipid string scores. If there were no incidental music, another half star would probably be in order.
Finding Neverland, based on a stage play, takes quite a bit of dramatic licence with the sequence of events in the lives of J.M. Barrie and the Llewellyn-Davies family who inspired Peter Pan, and there are some obvious anachronisms in conversation, yet I rather liked it. After all, I did want to see it, mostly because it's…
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?
My taste in movies only so rarely succumbs to saccharine sweet fare like 'Finding Neverland' but dammit if this film doesn't melt my heart every single time I watch it.
On its initial release I remember being absolutely blown away by the young Freddie Highmore's performance and it holds up remarkably well today despite growing up to become and equally impressive Norman Bates on television.
The rest of the cast is also superb as we learn the origins of Peter Pan, how to deal with loss, and staying young no matter how old you are. A true gem of a movie.
You find a glimmer of happiness in this world, there's always someone who wants to destroy it.
For the most part, this is a pretty mediocre drama about the life behind Sir James Matthew Barrie, and his inspiration that led him to create Peter Pan.
Some brilliant performances can't hide the fact that it's nothing special - and although it doesn't outstay its welcome, it still gets pretty dull.
The last twenty minutes though - although somewhat predictable - are so moving and thoughtful that it almost makes you forget that just half an hour ago you were bored stiff. Almost.
A pretty average watch, but worth it if you're a fan of Johnny Depp and his dodgy Scottish accent.
One of my faovrite roles for Johnny Depp, he does just a fantastic job of portraying JM Barrie. Freddie Highmore does a great job as well. It's a touching film and even though it has it's serious moments it's fun and enjoyable.
Given the somewhat lukewarm reception of it around the net, I am surprised at how moving the story is. Sure, it follows an established formua from start to finish, but the formula is expertly done, with some fine performances. Kate Winslet is reliable as usual, Johnny Depp disappears into the role, but the scene stealer belongs to Freddie Highmore as a troubled young boy who is part of the inspiration for Peter Pan. He and Depp plays off each other very well, especially near the end all the way to that last shot when the deeper meaning of the film's title become painfully all to clear. And that cut from "Neverland" to the next scene just kills me.
A quiet and sad film full of whispered dialog (whispering seems to be a new trend). Extremely well photographed and Johnny Depp nicely underplays his character. It deals with death in a practical and spiritual way. Not sure how interesting the story ultimately is, but I was never much of a Peter Pan fan either. Kids might find something valuable in it if they can understand the British accents. Script by David Magee from a play. According to producer Richard N. Gladstein, more than 50 directors passed on the project. (At what point do you give up?)
Something about this film just isn't quite great.
I was jonesing for some Kate.
Not as good as I remember.
A sad story of the Peter Pan author James Matthew Barrie, that I didn't know anything about before.
Es una película que se disfruta si sabes apreciar el buen cine y le prestas atención a las historias y demás detalles. En los ojos equivocados esta película puede pasar por aburrida y previsible... Sin embargo a veces las mejores películas no esconden nada y se basan en mostrar en su transcurso un excelente montaje.
Pensamientos rápidos que tuve mientras la veía:
"Esto parece hecho por la BBC pero mejor..."
"Este chamito (Freddie Highmore) actúa muy bien"
"Kate tan bella como siempre"
"Interesante ver a Johnny Depp sin tanto maquillaje encima y en un papel más dramático"
"Una historia contada de manera hermosa, sin embargo le hubiese agregada quizás un poco de magia"
"A más de uno le debe haber aburrido mucho este película"
En conclusión, excelente en muchos aspectos, no de mis favoritas pero está bien hecha.
Proof that Johnny Depp is not a one-trick-pony.
Making me sob uncontrollably since 2004.
An magical movie