Finding Neverland, Best Picture of the Year, with Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie and Dustin Hoffman
I recently had an opportunity to again see this wonderful film that still garners a 7.9/10 Star movie at IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes still gives it 83% rating, and the audience an 84% rating.
I hadn’t seen it since probably 2007 when I watched it with a neice and nephew (my brother’s children) while spending some time with them one day. It was a totally amazing story and film. Seeing it again recently with my Jim was a special treat as I could focus even more attention on the actual story than while visiting with the children who had already seen this movie so many times because they loved it and own the DVD.
I found the part of J. M. Barrie aka, Sir James Matthew Barrie, played by Johnny Depp was one of his best roles (and that is a really hard call because I love every movie I have ever had the pleasure of watching Johnny Depp perform). You can see them all at his filmography because there are few listed that I haven’t enjoyed!
I can say the same thing about Kate Winslet’s part as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, as it is certainly one of two particularly favored parts that Kate Winslet has performed including her role as Rose DeWitt Bukator on Titanic (was Titanic really done back in 1997! Wow! I love that movie too. That movie is still the definitive telling of the story in my mind).
The Llewelyn Davies boys are portrayed by Freddie Highmore (Peter), Nick Roud (George), Joe Prospero (Jack), and Luke Spill (Michael).
The interaction of J. M. Barrie and the boys was nothing short of amazing. I can’t say enough about the empathy between James, and the boys and their Mother, Sylvia. Several of their names were actually used in this precious fantasy story, Peter Pan.
According to Wikipedia:
Finding Neverland is a 2004 semi-biographical film about playwright J. M. Barrie and his relationship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan, directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by David Magee is based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee. The film was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Depp’s portrayal of J. M. Barrie, and won one for Jan A. P. Kaczmarek‘s musical score.
The story focuses on Scottish writer J. M. Barrie, his platonic relationship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and his close friendship with her sons, who inspire the classic play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.
And by Rotten Tomatoes,
Following up his critically acclaimed Monster’s Ball, director Marc Forster took on this biography of playwright James Matthew Barrie, the scribe who penned the children’s classic Peter Pan. Johnny Depp stars as the turn-of-the-century writer as the film follows Barrie as he struggles to write and have his play produced while he cares for his down-on-their-luck neighbors who inspired the story in the first place. J.M. Barrie’s Neverland also stars Dustin Hoffman, Kate Winslet, and Julie
The story of J.M. Barrie‘s friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. The movie details the experiences of “Peter Pan” author J.M. Barrie, which lead him to write the children’s classic. He got to know four children who have no father. Drawing from his time with the kids, he writes a story about children who don’t want to grow up.
I have been in love with the story of Peter Pan since I was a child and have read the book several times in my life. Seeing this movie again, just reinforces my love of the story of Peter Pan, and it’s roots so much. I think J. M. Barrie would be pleased. Because of this movie, I simply had to devour most everything I could about the real life characters he used as the inspiration for this wonderful story.
J. M. Barrie, thank you so very much for one of the best rides a book can give to young and old alike in mind, spirit and soul. Peter Pan, has led to so many wonderful retellings as well as to great stories like this heartwarming and inspiring movie Finding Neverland.
What a joy it was to get to see this wonderful movie Finding Neverland inspired by the real life interaction of J. M. Barrie and the boys who were the real inspiration for the timeless book Peter Pan. I spent the movie in turn laughing and crying and feeling such human warmth from watching this movie. Life in their day was hard, but this movie also showed how any life, no matter how short, could be experienced with joy, imagination, positive expectancy in life, love, and most of all without having to grow up.
Thank you to J. M. Barrie, David Magee, Marc Forster, Richard N. Gladstein, Nellie Bellflower, Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Radha Mitchell, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman (also in Hook by the way), Freddie Highmore, and the other boys, as well as all the other supporting roles who were all responsible for this movie and it’s success. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world…
Some other sources for Peter Pan, and Neverland:
Neverland – Wikipedia
Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – Project Gutenberg
Peter Pan – audio – Librivox