Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland

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Director: Marc Forster

Cast: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie

     
 

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This dramatized account of how Sir James Matthew Barrie came to write his beloved play Peter Pan is itself magical, not to mention poignant. Finding Neverland begins with playwright Barrie (beautifully played by Johnny Depp) fretting over his latest opus, the failure of which has cost his producer (Dustin Hoffman) dearly. While lounging on a park bench, he takes an interest in four boys, the sons of recently widowed Sylvia Llewellyn Davies (Kate Winslet). These lads, especially the soulful young Peter (Freddie Highmore), stimulate Barrie's creative juices and give him an idea for a new play. But his relationship with the Davies family sets idle tongues wagging and imperils his marriage. Director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball) avoids depicting anything untoward, although in later years some biographers have suggested that Barrie's interest in the Davies boys was not entirely wholesome. As played by Depp, the playwright only attempts to keep alive his own youthful sense of wonder while nurturing the concept that eventually becomes Peter Pan. The performances are all above reproach, with Academy Award nominees Depp and Winslet receiving excellent support from Julie Christie (as Sylvia's domineering mother) and Radha Mitchell (as Barrie's frustrated wife). Also notable is Highmore, whose unmannered portrayal of Peter Llewellyn Davies is one of the best turns we've seen from a child actor in years. Brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed, this charming period picture will affect even the most cynical, skeptical viewer -- and it will delight those who cherish the notion that a Neverland might actually exist.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The modestly scaled Finding Neverland is a marvel of tone -- it is an emotional film that never feels melodramatic or manipulative while offering some wonderfully charming and funny moments. Serious emotional pains are felt throughout the film, from the death of a parent to the death of a marriage to the death of a child. Director Marc Forster never flinches from the truth of that pain, but allows J.M. Barrie to share his fantasy world with the people he loves in order to make the pain more tolerable. Considering the wildly melodramatic sections of Forster's previous film (Monster's Ball), it is surprising that he would be capable of such subtlety. Johnny Depp usually gets his most impressive reviews for playing larger than life eccentrics (Captain Jack Sparrow, Hunter S. Thompson, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood). One of the pleasures of Finding Neverland is watching him play an eccentric on a human scale. His James M. Barrie is prone to daydreaming, but these moments arise out of mundane, everyday activities. As Barrie watches the four children jump on their beds, he imagines them flying out the window, and the moment has a sense of wonderment about it because the audience shares Barrie's pleasure in the image. Forster allows the audience to see the world as Barrie sees it, and Depp grounds the performance in reality, making it easier to accept the intricate daydreams and pretend worlds. Finding Neverland wants little more than to allow the audience to learn the same lesson that Kate Winslet and her boys do, and it succeeds with charm, warmth, and sensitivity.
All Movie Guide
The modestly scaled Finding Neverland is a marvel of tone -- it is an emotional film that never feels melodramatic or manipulative while offering some wonderfully charming and funny moments. Serious emotional pains are felt throughout the film, from the death of a parent to the death of a marriage to the death of a child. Director Marc Forster never flinches from the truth of that pain, but allows J.M. Barrie to share his fantasy world with the people he loves in order to make the pain more tolerable. Considering the wildly melodramatic sections of Forster's previous film (Monster's Ball), it is surprising that he would be capable of such subtlety. Johnny Depp usually gets his most impressive reviews for playing larger than life eccentrics (Captain Jack Sparrow, Hunter S. Thompson, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood). One of the pleasures of Finding Neverland is watching him play an eccentric on a human scale. His James M. Barrie is prone to daydreaming, but these moments arise out of mundane, everyday activities. As Barrie watches the four children jump on their beds, he imagines them flying out the window, and the moment has a sense of wonderment about it because the audience shares Barrie's pleasure in the image. Forster allows the audience to see the world as Barrie sees it, and Depp grounds the performance in reality, making it easier to accept the intricate daydreams and pretend worlds. Finding Neverland wants little more than to allow the audience to learn the same lesson that Kate Winslet and her boys do, and it succeeds with charm, warmth, and sensitivity. Perry Seibert

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398137450
Original Release:
2004
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sales rank:
1,345

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp James Barrie
Kate Winslet Sylvia Llewelyn Davies
Julie Christie Emma du Maurier
Radha Mitchell Mary Ansell Barrie
Dustin Hoffman Charles Frohman
Freddie Highmore Peter Llewelyn Davies
Kelly MacDonald "Peter Pan"
Ian Hart Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Eileen Essell Mrs. Snow
Paul Whitehouse Stage Manager
Joe Prospero Jack Llewelyn Davies
Nick Roud George Llewelyn Davies
Luke Spill Michael Llewelyn Davies
Toby Jones Smee

Technical Credits
Marc Forster Director
Tracy Becker Associate Producer
Nellie Bellflower Producer
Gary Binkow Executive Producer
Stuart Brisdon Special Effects Supervisor
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Matt Chessé Editor
Matthew Collinge Sound/Sound Designer
David Crozier Sound/Sound Designer
Kate Dowd Casting
Michael Dreyer Co-producer
Richard N. Gladstein Producer
Martin Harrison Asst. Director
Neal Israel Executive Producer
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Score Composer
David Magee Screenwriter
Peter Russell Art Director
Roberto Schaefer Cinematographer
Michelle Sy Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

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Finding Neverland 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie - as a movie - but since it's supposed to be about REAL lives and facts regarding J.M.B.'s relationship to Sylvia and the children I would have preferred that they'd used the TRUE story. For instance; J.M.B. knew both Sylvia and her husband prior to the first Peter Pan on stage (both were living!), and J.M.B. was of a great help to the family while Arthur was ill, and the performance at the house was actually done for Michael who was home ill and could not make the performance at the theatre. Ugh!
Warwick More than 1 year ago
This is one of those movies where you will either love it or hate it - Johnny Depp plays the guy who writes the play 'Peter Pan' and movies is about how he met this family of four little boys and how they have inspired him to write the play. It really is heart warming and I really don't understand why people find it boring or whatever - I thought it was a great movie and how can you resist Johnny Depp with a scottish accent?!
bookin-it More than 1 year ago
...when I saw it when it first came out. Then I grew up (not meaning to object to Mr. Barrie's notion). Part of the reason I hated it was because I thought it would be about Peter Pan. Don't be mislead. Go into it as if reading a biography. Finding Neverland is extremely compelling and highly emotional. If you do not appreciate the classics then, hesitantly, I do not recommend this to you. If you hated this movie as I did, then being more prepared you need to give it another chance, because it is now one of my all time favorite movies. It's one of those movies I wouldn't - couldn't - change anything about. (However, I do not commend James' behavior in that he was clearly having an emotional affair throughout, but this is the history of one of the greatest stories ever imagined and how it was born into this world.)
andrast More than 1 year ago
It may seem a little slow in intially, but this is a wonderful, innocent family film about becoming an adult but not growing up.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this film the other day and I must say. It is the best movie of 2003, it's absolutely magical. I only hope that other poeple might see this film and experience the wonder of it all. I honestly can't see why anyone couldn't like this film. Really it's that good. On a side note it's also clean which are hard to come by these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When watching this movie, you are taken away to a place where dreams come true and magic happens. This movie is so well done, the acting, directing etc. It's such an amazing movie, everyone will fall in love with the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never cried at a movie before, but Finding Neverland brought me to tears, and not just because of sadness. It is an increadibly sweet story that gets its point across without being corny. It is by far the best movie I have seen in years, and it tops my list as favorite movie of all time. Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet are perfect for their roles, and Freddie Highmore is the best child actor I have ever seen. This movie deserves multiple oscars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never in my life have I fallen in love with such a brilliant movie. I'm a huge fan and always have been of Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet from the begginnings of their careers and I recommend everyone and anyone who hasn't seen this movie to watch it. I've never cried so hard during a movie in my life, I sat through the credits and previews to the next showing until someone realized and told me to leave. I've had the privelage of watching it in theatres twice. It not only is a touching film but the directing and cinematography is out of this world. This movie moves even the toughest of critics and movie buffs in which I am both. The actors in this movie are fantastic, even the extras and the children. This movie reminds you of how it feels to be a child again and takes you through your wildest hopes and dreams and sheds light over you and inspires you do always go for what you want. It makes you adore J.M.Barrie for his brilliant story of hope, dreams, and imagination. It makes Neverland seem like a real place. Once again this is a fantastic movie! Please watch Finding Neverland on behalf of the great cast, cinematography, and the brilliant director Marc Forster.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Johnny Depp. He was amazing in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Don Huan de Marco', but I must say this is his finest performance yet. The tenderness with which he acts among the little boys is amazing, and the chemistry between him and Kate Winslet is perfect. I loved how they weren't necessarily romantically involved, but they still had a special relationship that was a joy to behold on the screen. The story itself is incredible and deeply moving, and by the end of the movie I was in tears. This movie was just so wonderfully directed and acted, and the story is poignant. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp is starting to become one of my favorite actors of present day. Between Pirates of the Caribbean and Findinfg Neverland, he is remarkable. I have to go back and see his earlier works. This is a magical story, with beautiful set design, and a compelling cast. The children steal your heart. If you don't get moved by this story while watching this movie, you either have too many distractions around you at home or your heart needs a bit of mending. Trust me, you'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most underrated films I have ever seen, which should have been a strong Oscar contender. A film that shows us the marvels of one man's imagination and dares us to find and explore our own, "Finding Neverland" is a fine film that is good for everybody. I was completely blown away when I saw it, and the after-effects still linger today. One of the finest films of 2004. Were it not for "The Aviator" and "Sideways", this would be the best film of 2004. Truly a must see for Depp, Barrie, and film fans alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johhny Depp and Kate Winslet as two of my favorite actors create magic together in this film. I didn't get to see it in the theaters but bought it the day it was released. A beautiful story that everyone should take to heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never even seen a preview for the movie however my sister and I were dieing for a night away from the kids. This movie stole my heart. It is both beautifully done with color and amazingly origianl camera shots. The story made me appreciate the lighter side of life, and to keep life imaginative and inocent for my son as long as possible. I relived many of my own childhood fantasies through this film. Definatly a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
J. M. Barry lost his inspiration after the flop of one of his plays. He is in a park one morning, and meets the Llewellyn-Davies family who reignite what he had lost. This is one of my favorite films. Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet did an amazing job and the film spurs our imagination and inner child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Finding Neverland because it told me the story behind creating “Peter Pan.” I have always loved “Peter Pan” in books and movies and this was a neat chance to see how J.M. Barrie came up with the clever idea of the boy who never wants to grow up. Johnny Depp also starred as the successful author. I think that watching him on screen is so exciting. In Finding Neverland Johnny Depp gave an awesome performance of how J.M. Barrie may have really been. I went with my friend Jean to the Senator, and we will both agree that Finding Neverland is a depressing, but an inspirational film. This film has inspired me to collect memories to write a story one day, and to always believe in “Peter Pan.”
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is wonderful, it is presented very well. The camera shots are wonderful and the acting is superb... Johnny Depp is a genius actor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was so touching! It made me remember sad things and glad things.It made me really THINK. Johnny Depp did a wonderful job, and I didn't even figure out that it WAS Johnny Depp for a while, that brouge was good enough. I liked all the children. They were amazing. Mrs. Davies was also good. This has the qualities I look for in movies: it makes you want to laugh and cry and sing... all at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a real treat for those who wanna go beyond this mundane life.........! I am amazed at the acting abilities of Kate Winslet,Johnny Depp,is his usual,standing as an epitome as an actor. Though a bit slow,it surely will entrance you guys...
Guest More than 1 year ago
When watching this movie I was quite amazed on how much a person can imagine. With Johnny Depp's talent, of actually being the character, really made the movie great. I do have to admit, to understand and enjoy it, you must not think logically. It's better to have your mind open to many things and not just one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful work. Johnny Depp did an excellent job in this film. It made me laugh and cry. It is one I will watch again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finding Neverland was a magical movie full of hope and imaganation. It should've won best picture but didn't. It won Best Picture for the National Board of Review. The movie truly was a gem, a magical movie that had great talent, including Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman and Freddie Highmore. If you want to cry and feel glowing like the sun, then buy this movie, or rent it, and make it believable.