October 30, 2004

Film review: Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland is the story of J.M. Barrie, the playwright who wrote "Peter Pan." Who knew that Peter Pan came from the Brits, too???? An article by A.S. Byatt in the Guardian attracted me to this movie, which is the story of Barrie and the family who inspired him to write "Peter Pan." Set in 1903 in London, this film hit all my hot buttons, ie, Johnny Depp, the clash of Victorian morality and Edwardian opulence and informality, the misunderstood artist, and the tragedies of life. Only "inspired by true events," reviewers have pointed out that it's not entirely accurate, but it's not documentary, right? Johnny Depp manages a pretty good Scottish accent. Kate Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman fill out the adult leads. Even the children are pretty good. It appears to be really shot in London and England, so there is period architecture and furnishings, etc. Images from Barrie's fantasy life are cut through the scenes, a technique that I really liked. This is one you can take your mother to see-no sex, violence, or bad words-but make sure that you're both well-equipped with tissues before you enter the cinema.

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