Monday, December 7, 2009

Finding Neverland

Dir: Marc Forster, 2004 (10*)

A beautiful and inspiring story, based on the life of author and playright J.M. Barrie, played by Johnny Depp in perhaps his best part, and his inspiration for Peter Pan and Neverland. Unfulfilled in a childless marriage (to Rahda Mitchell), Barrie meets some kids in a nearby park which he frequents, and their widowed mother, Kate Winslet (in her own personal favorite part and film). They begin a platonic friendship, in which Barrie becomes the surrogate father for her boys, and they in turn become the inspiration for his writing. Julie Christie also has a nice supporting part. A small but very touching film, wonderfully done. Nominated for 7 Oscars, but sadly only one Oscar for Music.
Note: as of Dec 8th, 2009, this film remains in the Netflix top 100, at #63 currently


Anonymous,  September 2, 2008 at 12:19 AM  

It is a great movie. Important to realize it's been fictionalized, of course. But it's a delightful film. For more Peter Pan, check out the new novel! It's not like the other prequels and sequels which contradict Barrie's original stories. It's faithful AND it's based on his idea for more Pan adventure. Click on my name to see!

José Sinclair September 7, 2008 at 7:02 PM  

I also liked the Peter Pan remake from around 2002, a better adaptation I thought, finally with top-notch special effects... was planning to add that version here at some point..
thanks for the link - Jman

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