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Posted October 1, 2010
The Real Story Would Make A Better Movie
FINDING NEVERLAND is a perfectly respectable piece of filmmaking. The acting, directing, cinematography, costumes and music score are all excellent. What is lacking is a great screenplay to bring the film to life. Director Marc Forster and scenarist David Magee opt to tell a fanciful tale of eccentric playwright J.M. Barrie's relationship to Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four young sons. The problem is that there were five boys in real life and the true story of Barrie's involvement with the Llewelyn Davies family is far more compelling and dramatic than anything this genteel film has to offer. Johnnie Depp cuts an imposing figure as Barrie but there is almost nothing of the dark side of the playwright's personality in his portrayal. The film's highlight is the opening night of Barrie's play PETER PAN. In reconstructing that 1904 premiere, the movie successfully conveys the excitement of an unsuspecting audience discovering an immortal classic for the first time. Would that the rest of FINDING NEVERLAND were as fascinating.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.