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
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
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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
UPC:
0786936283167
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
93,101

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Outtakes; Feature commentary with filmmakers; The magic of Finding Neverland; Creating Neverland; On the red carpet; Full screen (1.33:1); Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; French language track and subtitles; Spanish language track and subtitles

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Night [6:31]
2. Just a Dog [7:57]
3. Developing Character [7:27]
4. Go Fly a Kite [5:32]
5. Adventures of the Brothers Davies [8:44]
6. Summer Cottage [8:34]
7. More Than a Chest Cold [8:19]
8. Words With Mr. Barrie [7:59]
9. Peter Pan [4:34]
10. Encore Performance [17:08]
11. Finding Neverland [7:11]
12. Credits [6:31]

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