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A tale of magic and fantasy inspired by the life of James Barrie, the real-life author of the children's classic Peter Pan. Set in London in 1904, the film is a fictional account of Barrie's creative journey to bring Peter Pan to life, from his first inspiration for the story up until the play's premiere at the Duke of York's Theatre - a night that will change not only Barrie's own life, but the lives of everyone close to him.
Fantasy - THIS IS NOT ANOTHER PETER PAN MOVIE! I was reluctant to see this
movie because I thought it was yet another telling of the Peter Pan
story. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn't. It was
instead a magical and heartwarming story of the inspiration that led
to the writing of the Peter Pan story. It's a wonderfully light and
clever story that has many feel-good moments and a few sad moments.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Finding Neverland is best described as a "safe" movie. It does what it sets out to do, but never attempts anything risky. It is by turns tender, humorous, and touching, but it never attempts anything that would elevate it to the next level. This is solid but unspectacular entertainment, and most who see it will leave theaters satisfied, although not overwhelmed. Finding Neverland deserves a recommendation because it works on an emotional and, to a lesser degree, intellectual level.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good It is commonplace for actors to play widely differing roles, but Depp never makes it feel like a reach; all of these notes seem well within his range. 'Finding Neverland' is, finally, surprisingly moving.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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We collected 135 moviegoer opinions. OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! The critics actually called one right this time. With nearly three-quarters rating it either "Fantastic" or "Excellent" and virtually no low opinions I CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND "FINDING NEVERLAND."
It all begins as successful Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie (DEPP) watches his latest play
open to a ho-hum reaction among the polite society of Edwardian England. A literary genius
of his times but bored by the same old themes, Barrie is clearly in need of some serious
inspiration. Unexpectedly, he finds it one day during his daily walk with his St. Bernard
Porthos in London's Kensington Gardens. There, Barrie encounters the Llewelyn Davies
family: four fatherless boys and their beautiful, recently widowed mother (WINSLET).
Despite the disapproval of the boys' steely grandmother Emma du Maurier (CHRISTIE) and
the resentment of his own wife (RADHA MITCHELL), Barrie befriends the family, engaging
the boys in tricks, disguises, games and sheer mischief, creating play-worlds of castles and
kings, cowboys and Indians, pirates and castaways. He transforms hillsides into galleon
ships, sticks into mighty swords, kites into enchanted fairies and the Llewelyn Davies boys
into "The Lost Boys of Neverland."
From the sheer thrills and adventurousness of childhood will come Barrie's most daring and
renowned masterwork, "Peter Pan." At first, his theatrical company is skeptical. While his
loyal producer Charles Frohman (HOFFMAN) worries he'll lose his shirt on this children's
fantasy, Barrie begins rehearsals only to shock his actors with such unprecedented requests
as asking them to fly across the stage, talk to fairies made out of light and don dog and
Then, just as Barrie is ready to introduce the world to "Peter Pan," a tragic twist of fate will
make the writer and those he loves most understand just what it means to really believe.