Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, Radha Mitchelle, Julie Christi and Freddie
Directed by: Marc Forster
speaking? Finding Neverland is as magical as J.M. Barrie's own timeless
Peter Pan tale. It's a fictional look at how the man who refused to grow up, discovered
his inner-Pan and flew into history.
J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) is a relatively popular playwrite. His producer
Charles Frohman (Dustin Hoffman) believes in him completely - even when there's
money involved. On the heels of a recent play's failure, and in the middle of
an unhappy marriage, Barrie takes to the local park hoping for inspiration and
finds it. His salvation comes in the form of an extraordinary group of boys, the
Llewelyn Davies boys. They're a motley crew of rambunctious lads who are encouraged
by their beautiful mother Sylvia (Kate Winslet).
unconventional friendship - especially in the prim and proper days of Victorian
England - is formed 'tween the group. Barrie kind of adopts the family and relishes
in their time together. He starts to create tales of mischief for the boys; plays
and adventures designed to enchant their imaginations.
one of the lads, Peter (Freddie Highmore), is having none of it. Having lost their
father recently (before meeting Barrie here) each deals with their grief in different
ways. Peter insists on now living a reality-based world. There is no time for
mayhem. This stern child positively intrigues Barrie who begs the child to explore
his imagination and let his mind fly into the land of wonder.
also starts to fall for the boys' mum. But it is a touching relationship about
real love - not just physical lusts. When darkeness again strikes the Llewelyn
Davies household Barrie is there and they save each other in a way.
cast, costumes, sets and ambience is radiant. Little Freddie Highmore, who plays
Peter, who will later become the namesake of Peter Pan, is going to steal your
heart. Be warned.
As for the that dollop of pure man herion Mr. Depp? Well, ladies and gentlemen
of the readership, once again this cupcake of talent delivers a sweet subtle perfomance
that sneaks into your heart and sets up house. And frankly, the man is extra
dapperdoodle-to-die-for-scrumptious in the frocks he's sporting...(she said wiping
the still present dropplets of sweat in memory of his exquisite man-beauty).
Winslet positively beams, and is as beautiful as she is talented. Kate's the kinda
gal that makes little girls want to grow up and become actors...Enjoy.
Notes; The feautrettes on the Finding Neverland dvd are delightful. The Magic
of Finding Neverland gives you a glimpse at what a happy little set this magical
film had. The 'creating' feature - which gave insight to the creation behind the
scenes - was way to short. With all the mixed elements of the old-school and cgi
effects this film blended, I personally, could have watched an hour on their steps.
The commentary, with director Marc Forester, writer (screenplay) David Magee,
and producer Richard Gladstein, is detailed and really pokes into the seams of
this masterwork; down to their excitement over a "worn carpet." It's
the details that often make a film like this really pop - of course talents like
Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore and Johnny Depp helped. These behind the scene
insights really let us in to their process. It's one of the best commentary's
to date. Sadly, the 'Red Carpet' segment the dvd houses, is hardly worthy of this
film. No imagination and frankly a snorefest of talking heads. Where's the dynamic
feeling one gets on the red carpet? Not here. When will these producers watch
the Blunt Red Carpet segments and get a real pro (me)
who'll infuse some energy and humor into their segments? Buy
recommendation: Fried Crocodile nuggets and cherry cokes with ice cream floats